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Assessing Historical Thinking Skills Using Library of Congress Primary Sources, Vol. 6, No. 1, Spring 2013

This issue illustrates how teachers can review students’ primary source analyses to assess both knowledge and skills
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Students in classroom at Holton Arms School

Assessing Historical Thinking Skills Using Library of Congress Primary Sources
In this feature article, the authors describe assessments based on student analysis of primary sources.

Photograph of student, 1939

Research and Current Thinking
Summaries of and links to online resources--articles, research reports, Web sites, and white papers--that provide research and current thinking relating to the issue's theme.

Will Colglazier

Teacher Spotlight
Will Colglazier, 11th grade teacher, from San Mateo, California, describes how he uses primary sources for teaching and assessment.

The first Thanksgiving 1621

Learning Activity – Elementary Level
Students learn the importance of source information by performing and evaluating analyses of a painting of the first Thanksgiving.

Header from letter - Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine

Learning Activity – Secondary Level
Students analyze two historical documents to demonstrate their knowledge of the basic narrative of the Civil Rights Movement.

Children reading

Previous issues of The TPS Journal, formerly known as Teaching with Primary Sources Quarterly, are available through this archive.

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