Many elementary school librarians and teachers want to incorporate primary sources into their lessons but struggle with how to do it. Whether you are starting from the beginning, have used strategies that didn't seem to work, or were underwhelmed by others' suggestions, this book shows you how you can successfully supplement and deepen your students' learning with primary sources.
Focusing on proven strategies for elementary students, the book is divided into four sections, each of which demonstrates the strategies through real-world examples of student work. In the first three parts, it explores the three major considerations for using primary sources, strategies for analyzing primary sources, effectively using primary sources to teach different subject areas, and special considerations for different primary source formats. In the final part, the author shares tips that he has learned after years of bringing primary sources into his elementary school that will ensure success in students' primary source analysis.
• Explains how to identify compelling primary sources by searching online and local resources
• Helps readers to recognize the role primary source analysis can play in student learning across subject areas and grade levels
• Offers readers an understanding of an array of primary source analysis techniques as well as well as ways to modify those techniques in unique situations
Tom Bober is an elementary librarian in Clayton, Missouri, former teacher in residence at the Library of Congress, a member of the Teachers Advisory Board at the National Portrait Gallery, and a 2018 Library Journal Mover and Shaker. He writes about the use and benefits of primary sources in classrooms for School Library Connection, Social Education magazine, Library of Congress Magazine and for blogs. He presents at regional and national conferences, runs workshops, and has developed and presented webinars for the Library of Congress and ABC-CLIO.