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Nothin’ Like The Real Thing : Primary Sources for Interdisciplinary Instruction. Trish Vlastnik, M. Ed, MLIS, Ed. S Nia Malika Pole, Ed.D. Georgia Department of Education CCGPS Summit, Partners In Progress July 17, 2013. SSU. Learning Objectives- The Teacher Will:.

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nothin like the real thing primary sources for interdisciplinary instruction
Nothin’ Like The Real Thing: Primary Sources for Interdisciplinary Instruction

Trish Vlastnik, M. Ed, MLIS, Ed. SNia Malika Pole, Ed.D.Georgia Department of Education CCGPS Summit, Partners In ProgressJuly 17, 2013


learning objectives the teacher will
Learning Objectives- The Teacher Will:

Understand the foundational concepts of the CCGPS as they relate to primary sources.

Understand the philosophical  justification, for teaching with  primary source materials.

Review, access and navigate key digital repositories for primary source materials found on Galileo and numerous other free, content-rich digital repositories of archival materials.

Review, articulate and demonstrate best practices for incorporating primary sources  into lessons.

learning objectives the teacher will1
Learning Objectives-The Teacher Will:

View collaborative instruction between an ESOL teacher and a Media Specialist.

View instructional activity demonstrating the use of online, primary source materials.

Explore e online resources for primary source material.

Receive materials for accessing resources for primary source material and other useful material  to be used in classroom instruction.

essential questions
Essential Questions

How do I access primary resources?

How do primary resources support explicit instruction?

How can teachers utilize primary sources to implement research-based differentiated instruction?

What are DBQs and how should they be implemented during instruction?

How can DBQs foster critical thinking among students?


gearing up for the ccgps
Gearing Up for the CCGPS
  • Literacy Skills for:
    • College
    • Career
    • Citizenship
il 2 0 blooms
IL 2.0 Blooms

why primary resources
Why Primary Resources?
  • Make pedagogical shift from traditional to constructivist teaching model.
  • Facilitate student driven inquiry vs. teacher driven instruction.
  • Present issues from multiple perspectives.
  • Allow for exploration through DBQs (document-based questions).
why primary resources1
Why Primary Resources?
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Address various learning styles
  • Engage students in active learning
integral role of primary sources in ccgps
Integral Role of Primary Sources in CCGPS
  • Support Discipline-Specific Skills
    • Analysis, Comparison of Sources, Research
    • Argument, Persuasive Writing, Oral Communication, Speaking & Listening
  • Support Inquiry –Based Activities
    • Generate Questions, Take Notes, Organize Material, Find, Analyze, Evaluate & Cite Sources


Questions that ask students to look beyond the primary source and engage in:

  • Investigation
  • Analysis
  • Interpretation

To determine

  • Source
  • Meaning
  • Point of view

nara docsteach tool
NARA- DocsTeach Tool

Building Background

DocsTeach Activity

web gallery of art
Web Gallery of Art
  • Online Database
best practices
Best Practices

  • SS5H5 The student will explain how the Great Depression and New Deal affected the lives of millions of Americans.
    • a. Discuss the Stock Market Crash of 1929, Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, the Dust Bowl, and soup kitchens.
language arts integration
ELA5R1 The student demonstrates comprehension and shows evidence of a warranted and responsible explanation of a variety of literary and informational texts.

For literary texts, the student identifies the characteristics of various genres and produces evidence of reading.

Language Arts Integration
the hook

Generate discussion about Dorothea Lange’s photo, Migrant Mother and Children

Photo Analysis Tool

Dorothea Lange (1895–1965), Migrant Mother (Destitute

pea pickers in California. Mother of seven children. Age thirty-two.

Nipomo, California), February 1936. Black-and-white photograph.

Farm Security Administration, Office of War Information,

Photograph Collection. Library of Congress, Prints and

Photographs Division, Washington, D.C.

other ways to hook students
Focus Activity

Brainstorming Activity

Visualization Exercise

Other Ways to Hook Students!
dust storm


an excerpt from

Out of the Dust


Karen Hesse

teacher directed activities
Teacher Directed Activities

(Detail) Lucille Burroughs, daughter of a cotton sharecropper. Hale County, Alabama

Images of the Great Depression

Study these images, then answer the following questions.

Speculate as to when and where these photographs may have been taken.

Which image "speaks" to you and why?

If every picture tells a story, what story do these photographs convey?

What questions do these images evoke?

guiding reading journal


Guiding Reading Journal
  • school life
  • community life
  • family life
  • government assistance
  • agriculture
using literature to compare perspectives
Using Literature to Compare Perspectives,_Not_Buddy

sample assessments evaluation
Informal Teacher Observation

Listen to the song “Over at the Government Camp sung by 12 year olds Margaret Treat, Mary Campbell and her sister Betty.

You are a journalist, newspaper critic for the Camp

newspaper: Write a review of this song as though it

were to be read by the people living in

the camp community.

Sample Assessments/Evaluation
You are a producer of movies. Create a 5-10 documentary depicting Dust Bowl life from different perspectives utilizing images and recordings.

Write a journal entry from the perspective of (1) a child living during the Dust Bowl (2) a migrant child traveling to California (3) a child living in the refugee camp during the Dust Bowl.

Sample Assessments/Evaluation

complex informational texts
Complex Informational Texts
  • Vocabulary
  • Lexile Level

Additional Resources:

Online Resource Document

  • Smithsonian Engaging Students with Primary
  • ReadWriteThink
  • Picturing America
time to explore
Time To Explore

handouts available
Handouts Available

Guidelines for Using Primary Sources

Instructional Best Practices

Suggested Uses for Primary Source Material

Sample Lesson Plan

Explicit Instruction Lesson Plan Template

DBQ Template

KIM Template

Digital & Hard Copy of Online Resources for Primary Source Material

Primary Source Analysis Tool s

NARA Bookmarks, Literature

contact information
Trish Vlastnik

Twitter @masterrunner

Dr. Nia Malika Pole

that s all folks
That’s all Folks!


Thank You !!!


Hesse, K. 1997. Out of the Dust. N.Y.: Scholastic Press, p.142-146.

Image Slide 2 Chris Johns, National Geographic, Getty Images

Image Slide 3

Image slide 4 (FSA, Getty Images) Slide 5

Image Slide 6 (in public domain)United States Department of Agriculture; Image Number: 00di0971