Looking for help in integrating primary and secondary sources into your instruction? Head over to the Historical Scene Investigation. HSI, maintained by the Library of Congress together with the College of William and Mary and the University of Kentucky, combines documents and brain-based questioning techniques to encourage high-level thinking.

The site has 13 “cases” that need solving, ranging from Jamestown to Elvis. You can download lesson plans, instructional suggestions, digital versions of the documents and standards alignments.

The HSI instructional model consists of the following four steps:

  • Becoming a Detective
  • Investigating the Evidence
  • Searching for Clues
  • Cracking the Case

Students are asked to collect data, organize that data and solve a specific historical question. It’s exactly this sort of work that brain researchers are saying is good for kids. Some great stuff here.

Have fun!