Teaching Difficult Topics with Primary Sources
LEE ANN POTTER
The featured documents illustrate the value of primary sources as points of entry into challenging subjects.
“I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier:” Ideas and Strategies for Using Music from the National Jukebox to Teach Difficult Topics in History
STACIE MOATS AND STEPHANIE PAXON
As a favored outlet for self-expression, music is a valuable classroom resource for addressing complex topics such as different perspectives on war.
Memory of a Nation: Effectively Using Artworks to Teach about the
Assassination of President John F. Kennedy
ELIZABETH K. EDER
Artwork, such as the featured pieces related to the Kennedy assassination, can teach students both content and core historical thinking skills.
Hear My Voice! Teaching Difficult Subjects with Graphic Organizers
KIM E. BARBIERI
A well-designed graphic organizer combined with original documents can help students tackle issues of racism, segregation, and civil unrest.
Primary-source documents can provide students with fresh perspectives on topics often laden with stereotypes-such as the issue of Native Americans and treaty rights.
Dealing with Disaster through Compassionate Giving: San Francisco
Earthquake Survivors Write to President Theodore Roosevelt, January 3, 1909
The featured letter from a San Francisco couple seeking to help earthquake victims in Italy can serve as a jumping off point into the study of natural disasters and emergency relief efforts.