The following are strategies for deploying primary sources in the classroom for a variety of topics.
Give students a document or image, and have them extract and extrapolate information from it.
Example lesson from Florida Memory:
Have students work through historic controversies using evidence and the perspectives of historical actors as guides.
Have students examine one or more sources and evaluate their validity and usefulness as information about a historical event. With multiple sources, students can compare and contrast the perspectives of the authors and explore how a variety of sources contribute to a clearer understanding of the past.
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