Teachers and students demonstrate how primary sources can be used to support inquiry learning. Inquiry encourages students to draw on their prior knowledge, personal experiences and critical thinking skills to construct meaning.
Learn how to evaluate primary sources from the Library's collections for the best use within copyright. Listen to several teachers as they evaluate the use of primary sources for use with their students.
Developed by the Stanford History Education Group (http://sheg.stanford.edu), Beyond the Bubble is the cornerstone of SHEG’s membership in the Library of Congress’s Teaching with Primary Sources Educational Consortium. We “go beyond the bubble” by offering easy-to-use assessments that capture students’ knowledge in action – rather than their recall of discrete facts. (From Beyond the Bubble: About us)
The Library of Congress Primary Source Analysis Tool is really fantastic for the prompts it includes based on the format of the primary source. First, choose the format, then click on the "?" bubble in the top right of each box. The prompts will guide you through the finer points of analyzing that specific source type.
The Empire State Information Fluency Continuum provides a K-12 scaffolded framework for the instructional aspects of a school library program. The framework is based on three standards that form the basis for the skills and strategies that are essential for students to become independent readers and learners. The Empire State Information Fluency Continuum is endorsed by the School Library Systems Association of New York State and aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards.Libraries and librarians are a great resource for meeting the instructional expectations of the Common Core Learning Standards. The school librarian curates and instructs in the use of electronic databases and print and non-print materials. The school librarian also serves as an instructional leader in helping students navigate the inquiry process leading to the development of critical thinking skills and college and career readiness. (From NYSLSA)