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Teaching with Primary Sources

Primary sources are a fantastic way to teach both content and historical skills. Thanks to a generous grant from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program, the Minnesota Historical Society has created resources to help teachers integrate more primary sources into their teaching.

Primary Source Podcasts

These four short podcasts can be used by teachers or students to learn primary-source discovery and interpretation skills.

Primary Source Packets

These in-depth primary source packets use primary sources from both the Library of Congress and the Minnesota Historical Society to teach about four subjects:

Each packet includes context, several sources, and three in-class activities. The packets were developed for high-school classrooms.

Packets in Word format, without images of sources included: