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Teaching with primary sources, the real stuff of history, can make the past come alive for students. Examining documents, artworks, drawings, photographs and other primary sources puts young learners on the path that professional historians tread. For those who teach AP History courses, these lessons are also fine practice for the Document Based Question. While directed at middle and high school students, some lessons may be adaptable to upper elementary classrooms. You will also find a number of primary document activities in  »  LESSONS: Grades 9-12


»  Interpreting Buildings: Designing the White House, 1792

»  The White House as Home and Symbol to John and Abigail Adams: Letters from 1800

»  The Revolution of 1801: Thomas Jefferson's First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801

»  Saving History: Dolley Madison, the White House and the War of 1812

»  The Rise of Jacksonian Democracy: Eyewitness Accounts

»  The Bank War: Jackson Veto and Webster's Reply, 1832

»  A Literary Viewpoint: Charles Dickens Visits the White House, 1842

»  Using Art to Study the Past: Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation, 1863

»  The President and the Power to Preserve the American Frontier: American Antiquities Act, 1906

»  White House Tea and No Sympathy: The DePriest Incident, 1929

»  The President and the Press: FDR's First Press Conference, March, 1933

»  Provoked by Pearl Harbor: The White House Meetings of FDR and Churchill, December, 1941




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