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If you haven’t spent at least a few hours at the TPS-Barat blog site, you’re missing out. They’ve got some amazing resources designed specifically to support hisitorical thinking. Using funds and support from the Library of Congress, the Barat Educational Foundation created a site focused on the effective use of primary sources in the classroom. Titled Primary Source Nexus, the site has themed sets of primary sources, teaching strategies, online and face to face professional development, and tech integration tips.
Seriously. Be prepared to spend some time there. Plus you knows it’s all good cause the LOC is involved.
And I recently ran across a little bit of their goodness that seems like a no-brainer. As we shift our instructional focus to include more historical thinking process and literacy, using primary and secondary sources should be one of our prime strategies. But it can be difficult integrating the use of primary source images with literacy activities.
The good news?
TPS-Barat has got you covered. They’ve developed a whole series of writing prompts aligned to Bloom’s Taxonomy that are designed for use with images and photos.
I like the idea of having different levels of thinking and writing tied to photos and images. And just because these are called writing prompts doesn’t mean you can’t use them as small group or whole class conversation starters.
These prompts would work great with the Library of Congress primary source analysis worksheet that asks kids to Observe, Reflect, and Question. Some teachers use this worksheet but call it I See / I Think / I Wonder. I’ve been using a sample activity that I call Three Stage Media Analysis that would work well with these writing prompts as well.
And the prompts also align very well with Common Core Literacy Standards at both elementary and secondary levels.