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Historical and Geographic Thinking, Vol. 8, No. 1, Spring 2016

Primary sources support the study of many disciplines, including both history and geography. Connecting and layering these two disciplines supports investigation of multiple perspectives and contributes to a multi-dimensional understanding of complex topics.
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District of Columbia, 1835

Integrating Historical and Geographic Thinking
This feature article explores how the Five Themes of Geography can be used to analyze 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.

Photograph of the dome of the Jefferson Buidling, Library of Congress

Related Library of Congress Resources
Links to Library collections and resources to help educators integrate geographic thinking into their instruction.

Jennifer Kelly, an 8th grade teacher at Gunston Middle School in Arlington, Virginia

Teacher Spotlight
Jennifer Kelly, an 8th grade teacher at Gunston Middle School in Arlington, Virginia, talks about how she uses primary sources in her World Geography class.

Albany, New York 1879

Learning Activity – Elementary Level
Comparing and Contrasting Maps Students compare and contrast maps across time to construct knowledge about the geographic concepts of movement, human-environment interaction, and place.

Opposition sign posted on private property at the entrance to the road looking NW

Learning Activity – Secondary Level
The Debate Over North Shore Road Students study images, maps and text to explore the environmental impacts of the construction of this road through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

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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