Lesson Plans: Primary Source Research

Adaptable Primary Sources Lesson Series

These materials were originally developed by Joan Alexander in 2011-2012 for the pilot program of Natalie Kinsey-Warnock’s Story Keeper family history project for use in elementary schools. We hope that educators anywhere will freely access and adapt these lessons for supporting inquiry-based, primary source research. Each lesson below focuses on a particular type of source or research tool. Adapted versions of the first three lessons are also found in the companion lessons for the “Mystery of History” field trip program.


CCSS Alignment

These lesson plans include material in alignment with the following Common Core State Standards: RH 1,2,4,5,7,8,9 and W 7