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Teaching With Primary Sources – MTSU Lesson Plans & Activities

found in: arts; langauge arts; social studies; preK-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12

Teaching With Primary Sources – MTSU’s Lesson Plans & Activities  offers K-12 lessons in all subject areas aligned with Tennessee State Curriculum Standards. Lessons link to Library of Congress for supporting resources. Use the menu to browse by grade level and subject.

Trains and Travel: Then and Now  ( PDF, 953 KB, 5 pgs.) is a K-2 social studies, English/language arts lesson in which students analyze contemporary photographs to discover how the dominant forms of transportation have changed over time.

The Land of Opportunity vs. Nativism  ( PDF, 2.1 MB, 7 pgs.) is a 5th grade social studies, English/language arts lesson. Students compare newspaper articles, illustration, and political cartoons for different perspectives on immigration and describe in a written reflection how immigrants would have perceived those different attitudes.

Making Art with WPA Posters ( PDF, 1.3 MB, 3 pgs.) is a grade 6-8 visual arts lesson in which students assess WPA posters as effective tools for promoting messages and consider whether posters are as common today as they were in the 30s and 40s. Links to the WPA Poster Collection at the Library of Congress.

The Dangers of Factionalism: Federalist No. 10  ( PDF, 674 KB, 3 pgs.) is an 8th grade to high school social studies/history/government/civics lesson analyze James Madison’s arguments concerning the dangers of factions in a democracy. Links to primary and secondary sources.


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