Funded by a grant from the TPS Western Region at Metropolitan State College of Denver 


The University of Texas at Austin


August 2-3, 2011






This class applies an inquiry-learning model using primary sources available through the Library of Congress website.  The LOC has digitized over 19 million primary sources to bring learners the raw materials of U.S. society and culture spanning more than 200 years.  Crossing multiple disciplinary areas, these sources inspire curiosity, prompt interesting questions, and support investigations of these questions—thereby creating conditions that promote deeper thinking and understanding.




Michelle Pearson - michelle.l.pearson@adams12.org and Sally Purath - spurewrath@comcast.net


Core Concepts


Content Concept


Goals and Objectives


Goal 1: Understanding Primary Sources 



Goal 2: Analyzing Primary Sources


Goal 3: Teaching with Primary Sources



Goal 4: Exploring www.loc.gov 


Goal 5: Understanding legal/ethical use 


Goal 6: Understanding the Inquiry Process


Goal 7: Creating Inquiry Activities




Annotated Resource Set (ARS).  An ARS combines a set of primary sources with a lesson plan.  The ARS contains thumbnail images and links to thematically chosen primary sources along with suggested instructional design components such as essential questions, standards, objectives, learning activities, assessment strategies and links to other related resources.


Document Based Question (DBQ).




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