Primary Resources

Great resources and lessons

Main NARA site

Document analysis & lessons

Interactive history activities that incorporate more than 3,000 primary-source materials in a variety of media from the National Archives

Coloborate with other social studies teachers

Reading Like a Historian lessons, Beyond the Bubble assessments, Civic Online Reseasoning

Primary documents in text, image, and audio about the experiences of ordinary Americans throughout U.S. history

Providing hands-on tutorials for using primary sources

A digital library of US primary sources from the Antebellum Period through Reconstruction

Amazing text and audio files such as letters, diaries, political cartoons, music and speeches from the colonial period to present

Created by the NARA, this site has digital forms of the 100 most important US documents and related lesson plans

World and US documents from the 18th to the 21st centuries

A great source of digital documents and lesson plans

Designed to teach students how to critically read US History primary sources

A rich set of exhibits and educational curricula that fully incorporate sound files

Designed for social studies teachers looking for a strong pedagogical mechanism for bringing primary sources into their classroom

Sources, unpacking evidence, case studies, analyzing documents, teaching aids