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Diversity and Collaborative Knowledge Project
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Using Primary Sources
Types of Activities
How to Create an Activity
Consider the Source
Teaching with Historical Records
By Historical Era
By Historical Era
Interpreting the Evidence
Single Document Historical Analysis. Choose a primary source from the website or upload your own. Add captions to the primary source. Create analysis questions. Students analyze the document and answer questions based on the analysis.
Comparison and Contextualization
Two Document Compare and Contrast. Choose primary sources from the website or upload your own. Create analysis questions. Students analyze both documents and answer questions based on the analysis.
Chronological Reasoning and Causation
Multiple document analysis and synthesizing of historical information. Choose primary sources from the website or upload your own and create narratives and questions for each document to help your students draw conclusions and synthesize the information.
Evaluating the Evidence
Multiple document analysis and evaluation. Choose primary sources from the website or upload your own. Label each side of the scale with a different perspective. Create analysis questions. Students analyze the documents and place each document on one of side the scale based on the author’s perspective.
Multiple document analysis and geographic reasoning. Choose a map. Choose primary sources from the website or upload your own. Create analysis questions. Students analyze each document and place the document in the correct location on the map.
USING PRIMARY SOURCES
TYPES OF ACTIVITIES
Erie Canal: New York's Gift to the Nation
Preface and Acknowledgments
The Geographic Setting
Navigation Before the Erie Canal
The Political Setting
Constructing the Erie Canal
Freight and Passenger Travel on the Erie Canal
Enlarging and Maintaining the Erie Canal
The Erie Canal and Everyday Life
The Erie Canal and Urban Development
Other New York Canals
The Erie Canal in the 20th and 21st Centuries