How to Use Documenting Local History Using Primary Sources
Teachers may elect to use this resource set alone or in conjunction with the Creelsboro Landing, 1890s – Documentary Art Interactive and/or Irvin Store, 1920s – Documentary Art Interactive and Dennis Thrasher – Documentary Artist. To use this resource set, instructors may begin with either one of the documentary art interactives or with the short video Using Primary Sources.
After watching the short video and reading the Background Reading, teachers lead students in a discussion about primary sources. Through discussion, students identify the many different primary sources they can access to tell their own community’s history. Five different activities offer a variety of ways in which to develop students’ skills in writing and conducting research projects that are not solely internet-based. Eight project possibilities are outlined, and links to a host of additional resources are provided.