As a teacher, one of the most difficult things about your responsibility to students is teaching them real-world, real-time applications of events in history.
Elementary school students now were not even born when historically significant events such as the September 11 attacks occurred, but most of you can probably remember where you were and what you were doing on that fateful day.
So what is primary source media and how can you use these valuable tools we offer in your classroom?
Primary Source Media Explained
Primary source media is used to teach students about events that occurred before and during their lifetime. With primary source, students as young as kindergarten can learn concepts and glean meaning from events that would otherwise be out of sight, and therefore out of mind. There are many different categories of primary source media, including but not limited to the following:
- Personal correspondence and diaries
- Works of art and literature
- Speeches and oral histories
- Audio and video recordings
- Photographs and posters
One major advantage when using Studies Weekly is that we provide all of these different types of primary source media via our online tools as well as our award-winning 100% consumable print materials.
See It to Believe It
After logging into your teacher account at Studies Weekly, you have access to images of diary pages and letters from notable figures in history. Some of these figures include Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges and Joan Mulholland — one of the key figures in the Freedom Rides — and many more.
The only culture that our students and our kids will know about and understand is what is passed down to them from the generations before. This is what makes primary source so crucial to students now. In our weekly publications as well as our online tools, we talk about and share news images, works of art and literature.
It’s Like You’re There
Some of the greatest tools that we have in our online library are the audio and video recordings. Never been to Europe? Take a virtual field trip through Amsterdam, Germany or Paris.
Our video team is led by an award-winning director who produced our Veterans Day assembly video, and they create videos on virtually every imaginable topic. We’ve conducted interviews with many notable figures in history.
Endless Classroom Tools and Resources
We have many photographs and posters available for teachers to use in their classrooms. Your students can analyze primary sources through observation, reflection, and questioning. Those primary sources also help to give your students an powerful understanding of the past.
Perhaps the best part about our primary source tools is that they are already included in your print subscription.
We have many teachers who have been using our publications for several years, including award-winning California teacher, Cathy Marston. But many of our teachers are still unaware of these online tools.
If you use Studies Weekly in your classroom, but do not use the online teacher account yet, you can do so at studiesweekly.com/online.