[OYAN] Primary Source Sets Available from DPLA and LOC

Jennifer Maurer jennifer.maurer at state.or.us
Fri Oct 23 12:48:59 PDT 2015

Having students explore primary sources helps them develop critical thinking skills, understand multiple perspectives on historical events, and more. The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) recently developed primary source sets for use with 6th - 12th grade students. Each set includes an overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to additional resources, and a teaching guide. So far there are 30 sets, but new ones will be added through spring 2016. Here's a sample of topics: The Impact of Television on News Media, Mexican Labor and World War II: The Bracero Program, The Lewis and Clark Expedition, The Scopes Trial, The Transatlantic Slave Trade, Visual Art During the Harlem Renaissance, American Indian Boarding Schools, and The Homestead Acts.


The Library of Congress has its own version of primary source sets. Each of the 35 sets includes a teacher's guide that provides "historical context, teaching suggestions, links to online resources, and more" plus access to multiple related primary documents. Some are also available as Student Discovery Sets, which can be downloaded as free interactive ebooks from iTunes. This is a sample of topics: Jamestown, The Inventive Wright Brothers, Maps from the World Digital Library, Thanksgiving, Symbols of the United States, Understanding the Cosmos: Changing Models of the Solar System and the Universe, and Women's Suffrage.


Please share this information with your colleagues, educators, and homeschooling families.


Jennifer Maurer
School Library Consultant
Oregon State Library
250 Winter Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
jennifer.maurer at state.or.us<mailto:jennifer.maurer at state.or.us>

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