Primary resources are materials that were created from first-hand experience. They include items such as letters, government documents, photographs, and pieces of clothing. Today, many of these materials are available online through digital reproduction. In other words, the primary sources have been scanned or photographed for sharing on the web. In addition, hand-written items such as diaries and letters have been transcribed and these digital transcriptions are also available.

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Primary resources viewed in isolated are often difficult to understand. This is particularly true for children and young adults. As such, it's useful to provide environments where these items can be interpreted. Interpretation involves examining documents and making associations that help people understand the content and context of the item in terms of place and time.

eye means readRead the project the Diary of Louise B. Hancock from escrapbooking. This website follows the process of examining an historic diary and putting it into context.

There are many different types of primary resources that are available through electronic databases and websites.

Electronic Databases. Newspapers can be found through electronic databases. Many well-known historical and government documents are also available through databases.

Websites. Many universities, libraries, museums, historical societies, and government agencies are sponsoring projects that are digitizing primary sources for acccess on the web.

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Primary Resources in Learning

vendorPrimary sources can provide insights for children and young adults into what life was like in different time periods. They can serve as a useful tool in making comparisons with life today. For example, as students explore topics related to economics, they might compare the life of a street vendor from the 1930s with a street vendor today.

Data and statistics resources can help students see relationships such as comparisons between populations of two areas or climates of different regions.

eye means readRead Primary Resources Online: Recreation or Education? by Glenn Kleiman. This article focuses on good uses of primary resources in the classroom.

The key to learning is the way that primary sources are presented. How can you make primary resources come alive by connecting these with meaningful, real-world questions and problems?

eye means readExplore examples of integrating primary source activities into the classroom at The Stowaway Adventure and History Treasure Chest.

eye means readLearn more about Primary Resources at Primary Resources and Real-World Data from Teacher Tap.

Consider ways to involve students in collecting primary source materials. For example, explore the WWII Oral History project developed by a group of children from Shawnee Mission, Kansas.

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