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Grades6 to 12
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Primary sources can give students that sense of "you are there" that can make history come alive. They can also give valuable insight into the context and culture of the ...more
Primary sources can give students that sense of "you are there" that can make history come alive. They can also give valuable insight into the context and culture of the time and place that is remote from our own. Without the interpretation, summarization, and dilution that comes from textbook accounts written by committee, these narratives are invaluable to those who want to understand history in its purest sense. This site provides a large, indexed database of first person accounts and contemporaneous accounts of important eras and events in history. Search by time period or general topic and get speeches, diaries, and eyewitness accounts. Use the "Voices" tab to access audio recordings (requiring RealPlayer). Use the "History in Motion" tab to view film clips (requiring Flash). SnapShots provides photo montages from recent history. The home page is updated regularly to include "this month in history" features, a photo of the week, and a list of new entries to the database. It's fun to browse and explore on its own, but there is also a comprehensive index if you're searching for something in particular. One downside is the liberal use of moving advertising that can be distracting. This website requires Flash and RealPlayer. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..
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In the ClassroomThis is a fabulous teacher resource for augmenting generic textbook accounts of history with primary source material. Whether we like it or not, our students are more visual than we were; they will love the film clips and photo montages from recent events. Use these on an interactive whiteboard or projector for full impact (although the film clips are fairly small to maintain resolution). If you teach social studies, this is a site you'll want to bookmark and visit often.
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