Teacher Review For National Archives

Great site to locate additional, possibly obscure information on an already narrowed topic

Mary A.
Classroom teacher
Turlock High School
Turlock, CA
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My Grades 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Homework
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I would use this site to have students research the American literature timeline. For example, I typed in Harlem Renaissance, and was provided with a wealth of information. The are archives, informative links to other sites, bloggers, and downloadable primary and secondary sources.
My Take
I liked the sheer volume of information about a single topic. It is comparable to the Internet Public Library, except that the information is not as easy to locate if the researcher has not narrowed the topic. I suspect this is because this national site has far more sources. Students will need to access this site with a specific knowledge of what they're looking for; they'll have to narrow their topic first; otherwise, they might be overwhelmed by the volume of information. This is not a site to search for a general topic. It is a great place to access additional information on an already narrowed topic.