Opening America’s Archives Workshop

Click on the links to download materials from the Opening America’s Archives Workshop delivered March 2017.


Workshop Agenda

Google Slides Presentation

Primary & Secondary Sources Matching Activity

Primary vs. Secondary: Comparing Sources

Leaving Evidence of our Lives

Mini-Lesson on Georgia’s Colonial Economy

Favorite Places to Find Primary Sources Online

Exploration Stations:

Station 1: Library of Congress Primary Source Analysis Tool

Topic: World War II

In this example, students use the Library of Congress Analysis tool to analyze two primary sources from Lois Dozier Norvell Papers from the Georgia Historical Society collection. This simple tool asks students to “observe, reflect, and question” as they interact with primary sources. It can be easily adapted to any grade level.

Station 2: Quadrant Analysis

Topics: Tomochichi & Sequoyah

In this example, students analyze primary sources by uncovering one quadrant at a time and describing what they see. By forcing students to look at the visual sources one section at a time, they are more likely to take their time and look closely at the image’s details.

Station 3: Historical Assessments of Thinking

Topics: Colonial America & Japanese history

In this example, students answer questions about primary sources with assessments created by the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG). The assessments ask students to think deeply about primary sources and go beyond typical multiple choice questions.

Station 4: Primary Source Timeline

Topic: Indian Removal in Georgia

In this example, students attempt to put a selection of historic maps in the correct chronological. The maps do not have a printed date, which will force students to look closely for details on the map that provide clues to its date. After making an educated guess, students are given map citations. The activity can be adapted to any set of primary sources that show a clear change over time.

Station 5: Historical Inquiry

Topic: Colonial Georgia

In this example, students are presented with an overarching big question and given a set of primary sources they need to use to answer the question. The activity is modeled after the Inquiry Design Model (IDM). A series of follow-up questions and guided worksheet help students take notes on the primary sources and pick out details to draft a written answer to the big question based on the evidence in the primary source set.

Station 6: DOCSTeach

Station 7: KidCitizen