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High School U.S. History
Primary Source Analysis


Support middle and high school history with excellent text and visual primary source analysis activities
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HIGH
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  • Debating the Documents
  • The Historian's Apprentice

HIGH
SCHOOL

With state and national standards for high school requiring more primary source analysis skills than ever before, these activities are designed to develop skills in assessing point of view, DBQ essay-writing, debate, and more.

Civil Rights Movement

Primary Source Type

Visual
Textual


Historian's Apprentice

Provide a framework to teach students to think like historians, using Habits of Historical Thinking designed to simulate key phases of the historian's craft. Hone students' analysis skills with exercises in which they must use primary sources to dispute or support secondary sources. Equipped with these skills, students tackle DBQ essay questions and structured debates.


How Progressive Was Progressivism

Primary Source Type

Visual
Textual


Debating the Documents

Use primary source visuals and texts to prime higher-order thinking skills in high school students. These activities teach history in tandem with analysis techniques such as close reading, corroborating sources, and contextualizing. Each booklet also includes a DBQ-writing assignment. Three guided whole-class debates add depth of knowledge as well as speaking and listening skills.

Need help fitting primary source analysis
into your high school U.S. history curriculum?