Reading and analyzing primary sources is a major component of the Common Core ELA Standards for Literacy in History-Social Studies. This set of resources is designed to provide tools to use key primary sources for American history, civics, and economics teachers. The resources were reviewed and selected ed by the CCSS Curriculum and Instruction Committee.
Using Maps as Primary Sources
Library of Congress Map Analysis Tool
Primary Source Map Sites
Abel Buell’s New and Correct Map of the United States of North America, 1784
Library of Congress Maps Collections
Library of Congress Map Exhibits Search Results
Library of Congress Primary Source Analysis Tools
Primary Source Resources
Exploring the Early Americas - Explorations and Encounters
Exploring the Early Americas - Aftermath of the Encounter
Primary source set and teachers guide from the Library of Congress
This is a Lesson from the National Archives for grades 4-12
The Civil War in America
“The Valley of the Shadow” website-Primary documents from two communities, one Northern and one Southern. Documents cover the period
from Fall 1859 to Fall 1870.
Primary Sources and More for Economics and the Federal Reserve
Images from Japanese American Internment Camps
This Calisphere site includes photographs, artwork, questions for students, and connection to standards.
Cold War – Cuban Missile Crisis
“To the Brink: JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis” Exhibit at the National Archives site has TV footage of JFK and a mobile app for iPads with items from the exhibit.
The Civil Rights Movement as seen through California Photographers
NARA’s cartoon analysis sheet
A good collection of cartoons for high school students from the Library of Congress