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Primary Sources and the Common Core State Standards, Vol. 5, No. 2, Fall 2012

This issue illustrates how primary sources can support teaching to meet the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
More about this issue's theme

Letter and corrected reprint of Walt Whitman's 'O Captain, My Captain' with comments by author

Primary Sources: At the Heart of the Common Core State Standards
In this feature article, the author discusses the role that primary sources can play in achieving the literacy skills required by the Common Core State Standards.

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.

Joyce Mason from Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania

Teacher Spotlight
Library media specialist Joyce Mason, from Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, discusses how she uses primary sources to create lessons that help students meet goals set by the Common Core State Standards.

The Bloody Massacre perpetrated in King Street Boston

Learning Activity – Elementary Level
Students analyze Paul Revere’s famous engraving of the Boston Massacre to consider his purpose and intent. Students use evidence from this primary source to examine Revere’s point of view. They use information from a secondary source to discuss the value of using more than one source to gain insight into an event in history.

Orders No. [25] Head Quarters, Eastern Division Cherokee Agency

Learning Activity – Secondary Level
Students practice speaking and listening skills while exploring General Winfield Scott’s “Orders No. 25” for the general removal of the Cherokee from their eastern lands.

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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