Teaching with Primary Sources

Teaching with Primary Sources

For the past seven years, Dominican University has been a member of the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities’ Teaching with Primary Sources grant project. The goal of the grant project is to provide academic coursework and professional development about the use of primary sources to pre-service teachers and practicing K-12 classroom teachers.

At Dominican, the use of digitized primary sources has been embedded throughout courses offered in the School of Education. Pre-service teachers preparing for certification at Dominican learn how to access the digitized primary sources located on the Library of Congress website and they explore a variety of ways for integrating these sources into their teaching. Candidates also learn various instructional strategies that aid students with disabilities and English language learners in their use of primary sources.

Please explore the resources found on this website. For more information and for professional development opportunities, please contact us.

Links
Library of Congress American Memory
Teaching with Primary Sources – Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities
Library of Congress American Memory Teachers' Page
TPS Journal
Smithsonian Source

Presentations:
DESCRIBE It! Enhancing Students Understanding Of Text-Based Primary Sources Using the SNAPSHOT Strategy to Support Students with Disabilities in Analyzing Visual Images
Using Primary Sources in the Study of the History & Philosophy of American Education
Using Primary Sources to Teach Literacy
Using Primary Sources in Social Studies

Journal articles and other papers:
Reardon, C. & Freville, C.B. (2009). DESCRIBE: A strategy for making text-based primary sources more accessible. Teaching With Primary Sources Quarterly, (Fall).

Reardon, C. (2009). Increasing the Accessibility of Primary Sources through Activation of Background Knowledge, Vocabulary Development and Strategic Instruction. Teaching with Primary Sources Journal, 1(1).

Freville, C. B. (2009). Digitized primary sources and students with disabilities: Instructional strategies to promote learning. In M. Newman, C. Spirou, & D.E. Fouts (Eds.), Teaching with primary sources: Collected works, volume 2 (pp. 13-25). Springfield, IL: Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities.

Freville, C.B. (2009). Digitized primary sources and students with disabilities: Instructional strategies to promote learning. Teaching with Primary Sources Journal, 1(1).

Freville, C.B. & Reardon, C. (2007). Supporting the learning of students with disabilities in their use of primary sources. In S. Manuel, M. Newman & C. Spirou (Eds.). Teaching with primary sources: Collected works, volume 1 (pp. 47-60). Springfield, IL: Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities.

Freville, C.B. & Reardon, C. (2006). Supporting the Learning of Students with Disabilities: A Guide to the Use of Digitized Primary Sources.