Teaching Primary Sources Using

Use these activities to help students learn about primary sources before, during, and after reading.

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  • Library

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  • 5th Grade
  • 6th Grade
  • 7th Grade


  • English Language Arts 5
  • Reading 6 / Reading Accelerated 6
  • Reading 7 / Reading Accelerated 7

Standard(s)/Course Objective(s)

  • RI.6.6 - Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.
  • RI.6.7 - Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
  • RI.6.9 - Compare and contrast one author's presentation of events with that of another (e.g., a memoir written by and a biography on the same person).
  • SL.6.2 - Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
  • 1.B.1 - Selects examples of accurate and inaccurate information and of complete and incomplete information for decision-making
  • 1.D.3 - Uses a full range of information sources to meet differing information needs.
  • 2.A.2 - Compares and contrasts sources related to a topic to determine which are more accurate, relevant, and comprehensive.
  • 2.B.1 - Recognizes fact, opinion and point of view in various information sources and products.
  • 2.D.2 - Analyzes information from a variety of sources to determine its applicability to a specific information problem or question.
  • (5)2.2 - Assemble facts, opinions, and point of view as appropriate in one’s own work.
  • (5)2.4 - With the teacher’s assistance, integrate accurate, relevant, and comprehensive information to resolve an information problem or question.

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