Primary Sources, 2nd Edition: California Complete Kit

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  • Grade: 3-8
  • Interest Level: 3-8
  • Item: 28644
  • ISBN: 9781425833244
  • Language: English

Expand the study of history beyond the textbook and explore California's history with Primary Sources: California. This kit is filled with intriguing primary source documents and authentic artifacts from California's rich past that breathe life into the pages of history. Students will use their critical thinking skills to analyze historical events as they study original documents including letters, maps, pamphlets, advertisements, political cartoons, newspaper articles, and photographs. Primary sources provide opportunities for students to compare and contrast information, learn to identify biases, determine the validity and reliability of sources, and look at current issues with a historical lens.

This easy-to-use classroom resource provides teachers with streamlined lesson plans that offer tips and strategies for easy implementation. This comprehensive kit is aligned to the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), the California State History Social Science Framework, and other state and national standards. Primary Sources: California Kit includes:

  • 8 Primary Source Reproductions
  • 8 Primary Source Cards
  • Teacher's guide
  • Digital resources

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Series highlights include

  • 8 Primary Source Reproductions
  • 8 Primary Source Cards
  • Teacher's guide - Includes a lesson plan for each Primary Source Reproduction and Primary Source Card, document-based assessments, extension activities, and standards correlations
  • Digital resources - Include digital copies of all Primary Source Reproductions and Primary Source Cards, student reproducibles, and additional digital primary sources

8 Primary Sources

Primary Source Cards

  • Provide historical context and detailed, historical background information for teachers and students
  • Include questions and activities designed to help students analyze what they see and learn
  • Extend the learning experience through focused writing activities, one fiction and one nonfiction

Primary Source Reproductions

  • Provide a deeper and more comprehensive view of historical events through authentically recreated maps, images, letters, photographs, political cartoons, pamphlets, advertisements, and more
  • Give students an opportunity to participate in the constructive process of history

Teacher's Guide

The Teacher's Guide supports teacher capacity and provides extensive details about each component in the kit.

  • Includes a lesson plan for each Primary Source and Photograph Cards with objectives, materials, discussion questions, and suggestions for using the primary sources
  • Features historical background pages with additional information about each primary source being studied
  • Includes correlations to standards, document-based assessments, and extension activities

Digital Resources

  • Digital copies of all photographs and primary sources in PDF and JPEG formats
  • Bonus photographs and primary sources to support and enrich the lessons
  • Student reproducibles
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