“The Case of the Student Teacher Gone Missing” is a customizable activity that asks students to solve a crime based on their analysis of evidence. First students must classify the twelve pieces of evidence as primary or secondary source evidence. Then students must decide which type of evidence they will use: primary or secondary, and explain why. Finally, students will analyze each piece of relevant evidence to draw conclusion about who the guilty teacher might be.
10 Primary Source Lessons for American History Teachers and U.S. History Teachers. Links to awesome primary source docs to read with your students. Close reading time! Primary sources are an excellent way to learn about history. These lessons focus on some of the main events in American history and use primary sources to teach these events.
Teaching students about primary and secondary sources is important in the context of historical thinking. Students who can be active consumers of primary sources enable themselves to view historical events from multiple perspectives and get to know all sides of the story with limited bias (hopefully.)
Do your students need to practice analyzing primary sources? Is your state test full of primary sources? If you answered "yes" to either of these questions, this packet is for you! I created these pages because my state's social studies assessment uses many primary sources but our textbook contains only one or two primary source activities. My students definitely need more exposure and practice with primary sources!