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Consider the Source Online: Teaching With Historical Records

is a FREE online community that connects educators across New York State to the valuable primary sources materials found in the churches, museums, historical organizations, libraries, and state and local governments with a series of highly-engaging learning activities designed to guide and encourage students at all grade levels to make discoveries using critical thinking skills.

Discover a continuously expanding collection of document-based activities created by the Archives Partnership Trust and teachers around the state.

Create your own activities using our tools.

Share the activities with your students via email, Facebook, Twitter, Schoology, or Google Classroom, or share with other educators in our network for use in classrooms in your region or around the state.

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Consider the Source Online is made possible by the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation of New York and supporters of the NYS Archives Partnership Trust.