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Social Education November/December 2003


Primarily, It's Serendipity

James A. Percoco
The correspondence between a baseball commissioner and President Franklin Roosevelt offers a creative approach to teaching World War II during baseball season.



My Reward: Outstanding Student Projects Based on Primary Sources

John Lawlor
Students research their homes, local ruins, or urban ecology—among other fascinating subjects—as part of term projects that challenge them to investigate history using primary sources.



Students Facing History: The White House Decision Center

Tom Heuertz
Students assume the roles of president, presidential advisors, and press corps while they act out actual post-World War II scenarios during a four-hour experimental learning program.



Suggested Methods for Integrating Primary Sources into Classroom Instruction

National Archives and Records Administration



Document Analysis Worksheets

National Archives and Records Administration

Annual Index


Editor's Notebook

What are they?


Connecting with the Past

Lee Ann Potter
History becomes much more than past events and important dates, when students investigate the subtle clues buried in primary sources.



Big and Famous is Not Always Better

Daniel F. Rulli
Documents do not need to be elaborate to be useful classroom tools. Short, lesser-known documents can teach students a world of history.



The Words We Live By: The Constitution in Context

Linda R. Monk
When students understand the historical context of a given document, they learn much more than simply the words of a text.

Where are they?


From Attics to Graveyards: Where to Locate Documents for Your Classroom

Tom Gray and Susan Owens
The most valuable information may be in the least obvious places—attics, file cabinets, or the local cemeteries.



Online Resources from the National Archives

Lee Ann Potter
This article provides practical tips for finding key sources on the National Archives website.



Online Resources from the Library of Congress

Judith K. Graves and Marilyn Parr
The authors outline major areas and search tools for navigating the Library of Congress website.



Archival Facilities Across the Nation

Here’s a useful list of National Archives facilities around the country. Also included is a list of state archives that are responsible for preserving valuable records.

How do I use them?