Teacher Review for Rag Linen

Treasure trove of Revolutionary War primary source documents

Sara J.
Classroom teacher
Fort Bend ISD
Sugar Land, United States
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My Grades 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts
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 Individual
Knowledge gain
Whole class
Great with General
How I Use It
The Rag Linen blog has evolved into beforehistory.com with a print book. Lesson plans and ideas can be found under the "Reporting the Revolutionary War" and a mini-archive. Additional ways to use the images: Warm-ups: have students examine the primary sources that apply to that unit's content Webquests: make the website part of a webquest or ask students to create their own webquests using this as a possible site
My Take
History fans will enjoy the rich collection found in the mini-archive, but student will often prefer the easier to understand lecture or textbook. However, this websites offers students a chance to BE historians by doing what historians actually do: delve into sources to draw conclusions. For many US History standardized tests - including AP - ability to read and infer based off primary sources is vital for success.