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Working with Primary Texts in Social Studies

Hello colleagues, Since November is Native American Heritage Month, this would be an ideal time to work with the following primary documents. Teachers wanting to address CCRS Reading Anchor 9 on analyzing two or more texts including engaging learners with primary sources will find the following resources helpful. The CommonLit site houses a number of text sets at different reading levels related to native American history, including speeches, primary documents, informational texts and interviews. The Library of Congress also features some interesting Native American primary sources that highlight music, law and everyday life.

Excerpts from these primary documents, "The Trail of Tears Diary," and Andrew Jackson's speech to Congress on "Indian Removal" seem especially compelling.

Comments and questions are welcome.

Cheers, Susan Finn Miller

Moderator, Teaching & Learning