Teaching With Primary Sources

The New Jersey Center for Civic Education and the New Jersey Council for the Social Studies have received a grant from the Library of Congress to provide a series of professional development workshops for upper elementary, middle and high school social studies educators. A cadre of teacher-trainers is being developed at advanced workshops. Well-developed standards-based classroom activities using primary sources and inquiry-based instructional strategies will be showcased online and at statewide conferences. The goal is not only for students to better understand the past but also to help students develop critical thinking and evidence-based decision-making skills.


How well equipped are our students to become informed, engaged citizens about public policy? Primary sources are an important method for involving students in thinking and viewing critically, weighing relevant evidence and evaluating multiple sources and perspectives. Evidence-based learners have the ability to effectively assess sources of information and to come to informed, reasoned decisions.

Upcoming Professional Development Workshops:

Lessons with Primary Sources (more to come):

For more information about the Teaching With Primary Sources Program at the Library of Congress, http://www.loc.gov/teachers/tps/

Other sites with primary source material: