Lingo Likes: Learning from Primary Sources

Research is to see what everybody else has seen and to think what nobody else has though.” -Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

When students gather information for a project or assignment, it’s very important that the information is factual and cited from primary sources whenever possible.  Lingo flies all over the internet to find the best websites for kids, parents and educators to help children conduct quality research when learning.  That’s why the site Lingo likes this week is DocsTeach, from the National Archives.  Here’s more about them from their website:

“When we ask students to work with and learn from primary sources, we transform them into historians. Rather than passively receiving information from a teacher or textbook, students engage in the activities of historians — making sense of the stories, events and ideas of the past through document analysis.

Primary sources motivate students and pique their curiosity about history. Seeing familiar document formats like letters or photographs encourages students, while unique document characteristics capture their attention and prompt them to investigate further. Documents involve students in the process of historical inquiry when they ask questions, discover evidence, and participate in debates over interpretation.

Teaching with documents can engage students. They begin to see connections between past and present. Documents with signatures or notations personalize history. Primary sources give students opportunities to empathize with figures of the past and to understand history from varying perspectives. The varied nature of primary sources also provides students the opportunity to connect their historical understanding to other subject areas like geography or math, to a collective national heritage, and to their modern lives.”

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