Primary Sources in the Common Core Classroom


May 3rd at UNC Loveland Campus at Centerra

Do the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have you pulling your hair out? This workshop offers hands-on strategies using primary sources to help you and your students reach standards and improve literacy, while supporting your existing curriculum. Primary sources provide a key component of implementing the ELA (English Language Arts) Common Core State Standards (CCSS), including helping students become critical thinkers and improve reading comprehension. Teaching strategies in this course include constructing a lesson-ending summary, using informational texts and hypothesis testing, and mapping bias across multiple types of primary sources.

Prerequisite: Essentials Exploration

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Primary Sources in the Common Core Classroom


8:30 a.m.


Sign in; Introductions

Overview of today’s program –Upcoming Workshops

In-class assignment

Strategies:  Close Reading, Analysis, Questioning

Activity:  The Titanic: Shifting Stories and Shifting Responses to Its Sinking

Classroom and computer lab


10 minute break

Strategies:  Close Reading, Analysis, Inquiry, Writing from informational text,ordering

Activity:  Past Events: Compare, Contrast, and Chronological Order


Strategies:  Close Reading (maps), Analysis, Text-dependent-hypothesis testing,

Activity: Using Contextual Clues to Explore the Geography of Culture


11:30-12:00 Lunch

Credit information and day’s assignment

Strategies:  Close Reading, Analysis, Text-dependent- hypothesis testing

Activity: The Declaration of Independence Fact-Finding Mission Field Notes and Historian Analysis


Move to computer lab                 

Introduction to Blackboard; Intro Library of Congress  sites

Take a break as needed

Individual Work:

·         Introduction to applicable Library of Congress Sites

·         Finding primary sources, getting help and feedback from facilitators

·         Online collection tool and activity template

Everyone complete the workshop assignment.

3:30 – 4:00

Wrap up

·         Submit assignments

·         Share ideas from Workshop Activity

·         Evaluation, Certificates

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Current News

New resource: Book Backdrops developed by our summer institue participants.

Calendar of Events:

Coming this Fall 2015

Transforming America: America in the Gilded Age (Date to be announced soon)

Other offerings this fall will be Essentials Exploration and a Special Topics workhop focused on WWII