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Monday, January 30, 2017

Primary Source Sets from DPLA

It's not Montana history, but it is really cool. The Digital Public Library of America is now offering primary source sets

According to Glenn Wiebe at HistoryTech, "The sets were created and reviewed by teachers on the DPLA Education Advisory Committee and are ready-to-use for both middle and high school students and teachers. Each set includes a topic overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to related resources, and a teaching guide with discussion questions and ideas for classroom activities. Drawing online materials from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States, the sets use letters, photographs, posters, oral histories, video clips, sheet music, and more. Initial teacher and student feedback on the project has illustrated a variety of ways in which the sets can be used, from independent resource projects to classroom debates and close reading of individual sources." 

Topics are wide ranging, including everything from the Wounded Knee Massacre to American Indian Boarding Schools to Mexican Labor and World War II. Middle and high school teachers: let me know what you think.

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