Before You Watch
Respond to the following questions:
- How can primary sources enhance a student's learning experience?
- What are some of the most effective primary sources you use?
- How do you prepare students to work with primary sources?
- Is it important to use both primary and secondary sources? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?
Watch the Video
As you watch "Using Primary Sources," take notes on the instructional strategies Ms. Waffle uses to help students understand different primary sources and construct their own views of colonial life. Write down what you find interesting, surprising, or especially important about the teaching and learning in this lesson.
Reflecting on the Video
Review your notes, then respond to the following questions:
- What struck you about the classroom climate, background, preparation, strategies, and materials used in this lesson?
- What kind of preparation do you think preceded this lesson to make it challenging, yet successful for students?
- How was the graphic organizer used in the lesson, and how might it be used in future lessons?
- Why do you believe Ms. Waffle asked students to compare the colonial contract activity to other work they'd done with primary sources?
- How did Ms. Waffle encourage her students to focus and persist in the face of challenging tasks?
Let's take a second look at Ms. Waffle's class to focus on specific teaching strategies. Use the video images below to locate where to begin viewing.