As a social studies teacher, it’s often difficult to connect students to the real-world, real-time applications of events from history.
While most people over 25 can remember where they were on Sept. 11 2001, current elementary students were not even born when this historically significant event occurred. That was less than a generation ago, and just one of many important events that have shaped American culture.
To connect students to important historical events, we often must go to the source. The primary source.
The Importance of Primary Source Media
Primary source media is used to teach students about events that occurred before and during their lifetime. With primary source, students as young as kindergarten age are able to learn concepts and glean meaning from events that would otherwise be out of sight and therefore out of mind. There are many different categories of primary source media, including but not limited to the following:
- Personal correspondence and diaries
- Works of art and literature
- Speeches and oral histories
- Audio and video recordings
- Photographs and posters
One major advantage when using Studies Weekly is that we provide all of these different types of primary source media in print and through our online tools.
See It to Believe It
The Studies Weekly online platform opens up thousands of primary source images from history — from diary pages and letters to first-hand interviews. Our weekly publications, as well as our online tools, also include vital images of works of art and literature.
Some of the greatest tools that we have in our online library are the audio and video recordings. Never been to Europe? Take a virtual field trip through Amsterdam, Germany, or Paris. Our video team is led by an award-winning director who produced our Veterans Day assembly video, and they have created videos on virtually every imaginable topic. We’ve conducted interviews with many notable figures who personally witnessed and impacted some of the biggest moments in history.
Perhaps the best part about our primary source tools is that they are already included in your print subscription. Simply register for your online teacher account at studiesweekly.com/online.