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Research, Primary Source and News (Print and Video) Resources

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***Make sure you view any material (in its entirety) to ensure appropriateness before showing in class***
News Resources (Print and Video)
    • CNN 10
      • From CNN site: Explaining global news to a global audience: This is the mission of CNN 10, a new, 10-minute news show that appears as a daily digital video on CNN 10 replaces CNN Student News, the network's longest-running show that first aired in 1989. CNN 10 more effectively serves a growing audience interested in compact on-demand news broadcasts ideal for explanation seekers on the go or in the classroom. The show's priority is to identify stories of international significance and then clearly describe why they're making news, who is affected, and how the events fit into a complex, international society. Viewers will learn from every story on CNN 10. The show maintains a neutral position on controversial topics. It seeks to provide multiple viewpoints, clear illustrations, and general overviews instead of graphic descriptions.
    • PBS NewsHour Extra
      • Using the standards and resources of PBS’s NewsHour, PBS NewsHour Extra provides students and teachers with quality educational resources based on current issues and events.Extra’s mission is to help middle and high school students understand world events and national issues and answer the question, “Why should I care about the news?
    • Newsela
      • Informational reading passages about current events with multiple Lexile levels as well as comprehension assessments. Same passage, different reading levels. Free vs.Pro Features
    • TweenTribune
      • Newspaper articles about current events at different reading levels, organized by grade level and topics, and students have the option of commenting and reading other students’ comments to the different articles.
    • World Book Online
      • Translates text, Read Aloud, defines words, videos and pictures (whenever available for the subject), enlarge text, citation assistance, can print article
    • ThinkCERCA
      • You have to sign in and register for a free Basic account to see lesson library. 
      • From website: ThinkCERCA boasts a number of tools to teach critical thinking skills to students, from debatable key questions to embedded vocabulary support.
      • See Free and Premium features here
Primary Sources
  • DocsTeach
    • Thousands of online primary source documents from the National Archives to bring the past to life as classroom teaching tools.
    • The documents are organized by different periods in American history.
    • DocsTeach provides audio, video, charts, graphs, maps and more.
  • National Archives Catalog
    • The National Archives Catalog is the online public portal to our records and information about our records. The catalog currently provides access to over 2 million electronic records currently in the Electronic Records Archives (ERA), which are not available elsewhere online.
  • Smithsonian Source
    • This collection of primary sources can be searched by keyword, type, or topic, and includes documents on Westward Expansion, Transportation, Civil Rights, Invention, Colonial America, and Native American history. Each set includes selected and excerpted documents.
  • America in Class
    • Collections of primary resources compatible with the Common Core State Standards — historical documents, literary texts, and works of art — thematically organized with notes and discussion questions.
  • Wilson Center
    • The Digital Archive is a resource where students, researchers and specialists can access once-secret documents from governments and organizations all over the world.
  • LIFE magazine Photo Archive
    • Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google.
  • Kathy Shrock's Guide to Primary Sources
    • Links organized by subject area
  • EuroDocs
    • Links connect to European primary historical documents that are transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated.
      In addition you will find video or sound files, maps, photographs or other imagery, databases, and other documentation.
      The sources cover a broad range of historical happenings (political, economic, social and cultural).
      The order of documents is chronological wherever possible.
  • World Digital Library
    • The World Digital Library (WDL) is a project of the U.S. Library of Congress, carried out with the support of the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO), and in cooperation with libraries, archives, museums, educational institutions, and international organizations from around the world.
  • Library of Congress
    • Find Library of Congress lesson plans and more that meet Common Core standards, state content standards, and the standards of national organizations.
    • The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in their teaching.

  • Primary Source Sets compiled by MTSU
    • Primary source sets are selected primary source images grouped around a common topic.

  • Tools for Educators: MTSU Primary Source Resources

  • National Council for Social Studies Digital Library
    • Browse activities, articles, resources by historical period and grade level