The Teaching with Primary Sources Journal
Strategies and resources for K-12 classrooms from the Library of Congress
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.
More about this issue's theme
Integrating Historical and Geographic Thinking
This feature article explores how the Five Themes of Geography can be used to analyze primary sources.
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.
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, talks about how she uses primary sources in her World Geography class.
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.
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.
Previous issues of The TPS Journal, formerly known as Teaching with Primary Sources Quarterly, are available through this archive.