Teaching with primary source documents encourages a varied learning environment for teachers and students alike. The National Archives Teacher Resources provides a wealth of resources that promote historical thinking skills using primary source documents. There are lesson plans, worksheets and activities for different historical timeframes. Each unit contains reproducible copies of primary documents from the holdings of the National Archives of the United States, teaching activities correlated to the National History Standards and National Standards for civics and Government, and cross-curricular connections.
Bring history to life for your students! DocsTeach is an online teaching tool that allows teachers to find and create interactive learning activities using primary source documents. Find resources to illustrate representative government, federalism, branches of government, the Bill of Rights, amendments, and more. Teach about the United States Constitution with engaging activities that will boost the student’s enthusiasm for history, social studies, and the humanities.
The National Archives offers professional development opportunities for educators with workshops, videoconferences, collaborations and summer institutes. Each summer the National Archives offers “Primarily Teaching,” a workshop introducing K-16 educators to archival research and techniques for using documents in the classroom. Watch the website for information about the 2012 session.