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Classroom Resources: Primary Source Readers and Discussion Questions

March 25, 2020

by Jeremy Gypton

We have gathered copies of the document packets and discussion questions for several of our most popular seminar topics related to American history and government below. Each one consists of three sets of primary source readings related to a different theme, event, or idea in American history, along with discussion questions created by our scholars.

Since we have posted these files in our Google Drive, it is possible to have a “virtual” discussion by using the comments feature to have students do collaborative annotation.

Step by step directions:

  1. Open one of the PDF readers using the link, and then make a copy of it by right clicking on it when you see it listed in Google Drive.
  2. If you would like to have others’ notes combined with yours in a collaborative note taking environment, you can share the PDF by clicking on the triple dots menu in the top right corner when viewing the PDF, or you can right click on it when seeing it listed in Google Drive to find the share button.
  3. When ready to make a comment on your PDF, click on the comment button (talking bubble with a plus sign button) in the top right corner of your screen. You’ll then highlight the text you want to annotate, and a comment box will appear to the right side of your document where you can type your notes. You can comment as many times as you’d like in a PDF.

We hope these resources help you and your students deeply explore American history.

Access the collection here.

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