5 Ways to add Primary Source Analysis to your Social Studies Lessons

Bring history to life in your classroom! Instead of just reading through a textbook or lecturing, allow your students to become historians within your own classroom through primary source analysis. Here are five ways to get your students to actively and skillfully conceptualize and evaluate information.

1. Gallery Walk

A gallery walk is a classroom based activity where your students silently walk around the classroom to view images that are placed on the wall, just like at an art gallery or museum. It doesn’t take a lot of time or money to do this room transformation.

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