In the 2011 academic school year, a central Illinois jr. high school and a private university initiated a partnership to create a local history research project. Through a grant from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Project at the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities, teachers and professors collaborated to identify information for research and design the inquiry’s final product for the project. Through the guidance of their teachers, seventh and eighth grade students accessed the Library of Congress resources and town primary sources for research. Historical inquiry included the identification of the town’s origination and important events that occurred through the years of 1830 to 2012. They gathered data, developed interview questions and interviewed local residents. The students analyzed auditory and visual primary sources to identify the growth of the town through the years and created a video documentary. The documentary continues to be used each year for the teaching and learning of Social Studies.
Hanlin, Mary Ann; Herridge, Chris; Janovetz, Katie; Alcaraz, Cindy; McMullen, David; Cantù, Dean; and Pardieck, Sherrie
"Documenting Local History: Using the Library of Congress Site, Primary Sources, and Community Resources for Teaching Social Studies,"
The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies: Vol. 78
, Article 5.
Available at: https://thekeep.eiu.edu/the_councilor/vol78/iss2/5
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