Developed as part of the America Comes to Age Workshop, the following lesson plan was prepared for elementary students and focuses on establishing a clear understanding of the difference a primary and secondary source. Utilizing the topic of Immigration during the Progressive Era, students are given the opportunity to divide primary and secondary source examples during this hands-on learning experience. Recognizing the difference between primary and secondary sources is an essential skill for history students throughout their social studies education. By exposing students to the two types of sources earlier on, they are able to recognize the value of both and gain the ability to determine when it is appropriate to use a secondary or primary source document to reach their desired goal. Included in the lesson are desired results and objectives, pre, formal, and summative assessments, a detailed learning plan with tasks for both teachers and students, primary and secondary source lists, and extension activities. At the core of the lesson is an interactive learning tool called Plicker. Plicker allows for real time feedback from students using an interactive app that surveys student responses. Students will no doubt enjoy holding up their Plicker cards as they learn to differentiate between source types making this lesson both fun and educational!
Emerging America brings this lesson to you thanks to the outstanding primary sources and materials provided by the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Aligned to the Common Core and National History Standards.