Classroom Tools

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Assessment Activities

Primary sources can be useful tools for evaluating student mastery of skills and concepts. Use primary sources to assess what students have learned and to evaluate their skill in analyzing primary sources. For evaluation activities, select either sources from the historical era under study or choose contemporary sources related to the historical topic. Actual assessment tasks might include having students:

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[list_item icon=”fa-check” type=”icon”] Write an essay about a primary source document. Explain how the source supports or challenges a commonly accepted conclusion about a time in history.[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”fa-check” type=”icon”] Based on analysis of several primary sources, prepare an oral presentation taking a stand on an issue in history.[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”fa-check” type=”icon”] Select primary source documents to create a museum display about an historical topic. Write captions for the items and justify the documents that were selected.[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”fa-check” type=”icon”] Write a response to a primary source (speech, news article, sermon), taking the position of someone who lived at the time the source was created.[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”fa-check” type=”icon”] Prepare a visual display (poster, magazine cover, illustrated timeline) that highlights the most important points to be gained from the primary sources under study.[/list_item]
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Useful Links

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[list_item icon=”fa-caret-right” type=”icon”]Primary Source from Sharon, Connecticut- a Diary of an Enlisted Man (Civil War)[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”fa-caret-right” type=”icon”]Sharon’s Civil War Soldiers- The Civil War Soldiers of Sharon, Connecticut.[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”fa-caret-right” type=”icon”]Prohibition and Sharon by Gabriel Plunkett[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”fa-caret-right” type=”icon”]Sharon Green Scavenger Hunt- Scavenger Hunt :: Answer Sheet[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”fa-caret-right” type=”icon”]Interactive Maps of Sharon, Connecticut- Google Maps[/list_item]
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