Primary Sources: Civil War Kit

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  • Grade: 4-8
  • Interest Level: 3-12
  • Item: 111292
  • ISBN: 9780743911344
  • Language: English

Bring history to life by integrating authentic primary sources that stand out against the normal backdrop of textbooks. This series features fact-checked, historically accurate primary sources that provide students with a comprehensive understanding of historical events while saving teachers' valuable prep time. Exploring Primary Sources: Civil War Kit explores study the history of the United States by examining the lives of important people and events of the Civil War.

With a focus on inquiry-based learning and increased rigor, this kit prompts students to naturally begin to use critical thinking to delve deeply into analyzing historical events while considering multiple points of view. The well-organized lessons are easy to implement while meeting standards such as the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), WIDA/TESOL, McREL, and the C3 Framework.

Exploring Primary Sources: Civil War Kit includes:

  • Eight Primary Source Cards:
    • Photograph of Robert E. Lee
    • Photograph of black soldiers gathering the dead for burial
    • Painting of the Battle of Glorieta Pass
    • And more...
  • Eight Primary Source Reproductions:
    • Newspaper reviews of Uncle Tom's Cabin
    • 1860 election poster for Abraham Lincoln
    • Letter from a Northern soldier to his sister
    • And more...
  • Teacher's guide including document-based assessments
  • Digital resources


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 more than 50 additional digital primary sources
Primary Sources: Civil War Kit

Primary Sources

Primary Source Cards

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

Primary Source Reproductions

  • Provide a deeper and more comprehensive view of historical events
  • Give students an opportunity to participate in the constructive process of history
  • Facilitate opportunities to study multiple perspectives, determine validity of sources, look at current issues through a historical lens, and compare and contrast information
Primary Sources: Civil War Kit

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 Card and Primary Source Reproduction
  • Features historical background pages with additional information about each primary source being studied
  • Includes correlations to standards, document-based assessments, and extension activities
Primary Sources: Civil War Kit

Digital Resources

More than 50 additional digital primary sources promote further exploration and independent discovery. Digital resources include digital copies of all primary source reproductions and primary source cards, as well as student reproducibles.

Primary Sources: Civil War Kit

Correlations to National, State, and Province Standards

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