"The reading is was a wonderful description of how any primary source is not an unfiltered “truth,” but rather an unfiltered perspective from the time period. I think that sharing with students the example of how framing a picture excludes some…"
"¡Hola! My name is Sarah Jansen and I am the seventh grade Spanish Immersion teacher at Romig. I loved the course last semester and I hope to find more things to incorporate into my Social Studies classes."
"This year I began my discussion of primary source documents by trying to explain their unique value as sources for researchers. I asked my seventh graders if anyone had ever said something untrue about them- we specifically did not disclose what…"
"The thing that most surprised me about the transcription process was how closely I found myself examining the document even after I had read it a few times. I discovered that really looking at each word brought up questions that I had just skimmed…"
"I had a similar experience to Lisa, except that my results differ from the tests I took before I had children. I had to laugh at some of the questions about how much time I spend with leisure activities. With two children under 3 I had to ask…"
"Given that my students are so young I find that their are two essential elements to keeping them productive. The first is daily accountability. I give them a log that asks them to map out what they will do over the week of our project research.…"
"I really enjoyed the materials available on Eyewitness, but by far the most useful source I found was the Flickr stream. Given that I teach almost entirely in Spanish it is incredibly useful for me to have a source of primary documents that I can…"
"Teaching seventh graders often challenges me to try to define the research process to its most essential and basic steps. Most of my students want to engage with the material, but they really don't know how to begin. I use a variety of cooperative…"
"I published two activities. The first is a practice related to map reading and analysis of cartographer interest based on a map created over a land dispute after the Mexican-American War. http://docsteach.org/activities/9841
"We are at the end of a quarter and just about to start our spring break, so I did not have time to try this with kids, but I will definitely do this next year. I had a great time playing with the documents and creating all sorts of projects. The…"
"This assignment was the most difficult that I have tried so far. Despite a significant investment of time- I am not sure that I have really figured out the best way to formulate search terms for the OPA search. I found records for lots of maps…"
"There are several promising groups for my geography class in the National Archives at Anchorage. I am primarily interested in finding historic maps of Anchorage and Alaska so that my students can see for themselves how their community has evolved…"
I chose three lessons that I thought I would be likely to use in my classroom. The first was one that will enrich my unit on Alaska geography. It is called “Teaching With Documents: Migration North to Alaska.” It includes several…"
"Currently there are 34 facilities in the National Archive system. Before President Hoover signed the order establishing the National Archives (construction was completed under President Roosevelt), individual government agencies were responsible…"
"Hello, I'm Sarah Jansen and I teach at Romig Middle School in Anchorage. Although I am originally from Fairbanks, I have also lived in Argentina and Chile. I currently teach in the Spanish Immersion program which means that I teach my seventh…"