Teacher Review for Beyond the Bubble

Easy to Use Primary Source Documents

Elizabeth L.
Oquirrh Hills Middle School
Riverton, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages, English-Language Learning, Health & Wellness
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I use it to support content in my classroom by having the students analyze the historical document. These are fast supplimental looks at the history. Students look at a picture, text, etc and then read a short list of facts. They then have to state which fact/facts support the credibility of the document or discredit it and why. All students can do this, but depth of their response will vary with the ability of the student. The tool as a whole is set up to help students evaluate the usefulness of documents as they encounter them, whether they are historical or not.
My Take
I think it is a great way to have students think critically about the source material they are viewing. Just because it is a historical document does not mean that it is a reliable source. Students have to be aware of the potential bias and why that document might contain it. My favorite thing about this resource is that the activities are short. They do not take a lot of time to prepare and they don't take a lot of time to do. They are great to add depth to the lesson and to tie into thinking like a historian.