Primary Sources: New Mexico Kit

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  • Grade: 4-12
  • Interest Level: 4-12
  • Item: 103743
  • ISBN: 9781642907445
  • Language: English

Build social studies content-area literacy by integrating dynamic primary sources into the classroom! This comprehensive kit uses original documents, maps, photographs, articles, and other materials from New Mexico's fascinating past to engage students in learning about history. These authentic resources will promote meaningful discussion and critical thinking as students uncover firsthand accounts of New Mexico's history and develop a more comprehensive understanding of historical events. Aligned to the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), the C3 Framework, CCSS, WIDA, and McREL standards, this kit prepares students for college and career.

Primary Sources: New Mexico Kit includes:

  • 8 Photograph Cards
  • 8 Primary Sources
  • Teacher's Guide including lesson plans for each of the Photograph Cards and Primary Sources, student activities, standards and objectives, extension and challenge activities, and document-based assessments
  • Digital resources including student reproducibles, student glossary, additional primary sources in PDF and JPEG formats, and more

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Series highlights include

  • 8 Photo Cards
  • 8 Primary Sources
  • Teacher's Guide with easy-to-use lessons and document-based assessments
  • Digital Resources

8 Photo Cards

Make social studies content accessible and engaging to students with the photo cards in each Primary Sources kit. Each photo card has four general areas on the back for teacher and student use.

The top of the card has a brief Historical Background Information section. Along the left side of the card is the Analyzing History section. This includes questions and activities designed to make students analyze what they see and learn.

In the Historical Writing section, students are given two writing assignments, one fiction and one nonfiction. Finally, the History Challenge section offers fun extension ideas for students.

Teacher's Guide

Give teachers the tools to breathe life into history. The Teacher's Guide provides extensive details about each component in the kit. Lesson plans are organized with objectives, materials, discussion questions, suggestions for using the primary sources, and extension ideas. Historical background pages are provided to give teachers and students information about each of the primary sources being studied.

8 Primary Sources

Provide students with a deeper and more comprehensive view of historical events through maps, letters, photographs, political cartoons, and more! Students will participate in the constructive process of history by studying primary source documents and photographs. Viewing historic photographs, handling facsimiles of famous documents, and reading the comments and opinions of those in the past prepare students for document-based assessments.

Digital Resources

  • Digital copies of all photographs and primary sources
  • Bonus photographs and primary sources
  • Student reproducibles
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