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DocsTeach.org - Prologue - Fall 2010

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Stephanie Greenhut and Suzanne Isaacs show how a new National Archives web site can help teachers use original documents to make history more engaging and exciting for students.
Stephanie Greenhut and Suzanne Isaacs show how a new National Archives web site can help teachers use original documents to make history more engaging and exciting for students.

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t t   t am ty ut  tK W  t cl W,  t-
tut gt  omwok gmt.T gmt  ft om   ot omwok gmt. s  to go to  wb t w  omwok o t o
om t nto awt .
T tut i itigu. clikig, zoomig, ig, 
ggg  mu mo ttg t ot gmt’ .T omwok gmt, “Wt K o l W
gl dul Matu?,”
lly put t wk’ l-  pptv. nw, by xm tl u-mt, ptp,  v  pl tm  mv l,   vlut t v  t Matu      wt Pt
hy s. um’ o to mo m om omm
i t , t tut pl m umt  t
i o th l tow
Interpretation One,
 whih h
“General MacArthur was a great leader.” 
But t tvty 
’t o yt. at kg “
I’m Done,” 
  k omquto tt g  o:
 Wt tl tptt  t v bt
uppot? Wy  you p t oumt w you ? W  o you tk  t mot wgt?T oow-up quto mk  go bk  tk 
btt look. T’ muh mo to thi igmt th jut
pg oumt o  . s   to u-t t bty o to o, to wg om-to  gt o   pt,  to ut
w t mb v t v t tl
The Archives Offers Teachers New ToolsTo Stir Student Interest in History
By Stephanie Greenhut and Suzanne Isaacs
Fall 2010
Ti ll, th hig bk to hool will   b-
w wb t m t ct  t ntl av
exp  t outo o t nto a
to hlp thm th with o om th ntiol ahiv.
t t to bg toy to  o
thi tut  giv thm  powul t o tool tht thy 
 u to t , tt o g tt.
m t m p, t    tvt
y t u  t lm, b t xpl t mt 2,500 umt tu m t l  t
nto a, o  t t ow u  gg-g tt.T nto a  og t tz to p-t  utg  xpoto toug amto oumt.
 , t ut pm t t ntl
 a  b puttg pmy ou oumt to
t   ut u t t t p, -
tgu,  mott tut. Wt
, u-
to  till gg thi tut though pimy ou,
but   w, tt wy.
  gt  wom to toou popu uto pogm,”  at d s.o. “it w gg t  tut  w wy t t tt  toy toug t u o ogoumt  t nto a.“it  o ott wt ou go to mk  mu o ou
holig vilbl to th publi  ily  poibl,” h .
eut lk t  lm-y t
tvt 
 u t
tu o th ativiti pg
h  ily  lig tiviti o th hitoil thy  thig—by kywo o typ o tivity—b
o t ptu k ty’ k t tut to pt.
Ty  v h by tivity utho to  tiviti -
t by nto a uto pt o by ow uto ou t outy.
imt mp  tvty  tt t
 tm  t   t o t oom. aog wt
 yp  t tvty  tut t t t,
t   out t to  to w t t-ty t, t to tkg k tut w pt, ow mu t tkg t qu.
tt w g to tom tu-
t ito hitoi  thy gg i pimy ou–b
tvt tt vlp tl tk kll. atvt
 upo tut to yz oumt, ou o pott, xm t,  om t ow ypot.
A sampling o the options or teachers and students at
Students can evaluate documents, photographs, and videos on an interactivemoving scale to test historical conclusions. Teachers can choose learningactivities and over 2,500 primary source materials. Lesson options provideproessional criteria, such as the primary thinking skill involved.
o xmp, t  g tut
to omp  ott mility uitmtpot to lyz viou pptiv g-
 lvy  a am ut cvl W
 a t ou pt o tty to tt , pyg oy pt o  poto-
gph howig  iiviul, with th t ob-
u. h o  ou k tut to gu
 wht i goig o i th t o th photogph.
stut wul  t lly xm
t po’ xpo  boy gug,
vtully ty m  Ptrl r  yptz but wt   . T t ul t
 t t potogp o t Pt
  tf wt  tlv ply  t sp suttl
stut  l pt mk -
to mog t o pop o otg
tu tl v t vlut 
w to ouo.
rth th imply ig bout th ttl-
mt o t am Wt, o t, o
t tut tmlv 
to   t oto btw oumt potogp to t t toy o ow tUt stt poput t Wt  t t
1860  ly 1870
stut  l   tvt 
tt p tm ut -
toil vt, tio,  gu i hitoil
 gogp otxt. a t mgt k 
tut to u mp to ut wh -ti nw dl pogm took pl, wht ki
o job ty po,  ow ty ft
  t uty 
tiviti  lo hlp th-
 mpt t t tut w,  tm tl vt  ult, t wl 
 o m pt.
In sample activities, students learn to make connections among documents andimages o the American West and to examine the “big ideas” in the Constitution.Create your own activity by choosing a ormat (above) and then selectingparticular primary resources or those activities.
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