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Conference Materials

Gain ideas and strategies from past conference materials and handouts compiled and/or created by teachers and staff from the Teaching with Primary Sources Program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and with other collaborators.

2016 October Regional Civics Conference- O'Fallon Township High School


Hands-on Activities & Free Resources to Help Students Become Civically Engaged
Presented by Elizabeth Osborn & Amy Wilkinson

Image citation for Sort & Annotation Activity
Annotating Activity- Editable
Annotating Activity (PDF)

Ready to Print Student Version (PDF)
Document 1- Louisiana Democrat
Document 2- Iola Register
Document 3- National Republican
Document 4- Electors Certificate
Document 5- Criticism of the Compromise

Civics Search Guide- Part 1 (General)
Civics Search Gide- Part 2 (More specific)

2016 Directions: Midwest Education Conference


Thinking with Primary Sources
Presented by Cheryl Best, 

Historical Thinking Chart from Standford (SHEG)
General Search Guide for the Library of Congress, (for teachers)
Thinking Routines & Strategies
Stems sheet for folders (to help students think historically)

2016 Illinois Council for the Social Studies at Millikin University


Teaching Historical Thinking in the Elementary Classroom
Presented by Cheryl Best, 

Tech Tips for
Tips for Printing Large Images/Maps
Updated Search Guide for Teachers

New Frontiers in the Common Core ELA History/Social Studies Standards
Presented by Jason Stacy and Amy Wilkinson

HIST 554 Syllabus
The Gathering of Sources
Example Politics of War Lesson
Example Race and Gender Lesson
Example Society and Culture Lesson
Updated Search Guide for Teachers

2015 California History-Social Science Project Conference at UCLA- "Teaching the Past for Tomorrow:  Conference on the Future of History Education"


Less Time and Not Tested:  Keeping Social Studies Alive in My Elementary Classroom


Questions?  Contact Cheryl Best, or Amy Wilkinson, 

2014 National Council for the Social Studies Conference, Boston, MA


Read, Think and Inquire with Primary Sources and Non-Fiction Books

Teaching with Oral Histories to Explore Multiple Points of View of an Event

Promoting Student Questioning and Inquiry through Exploration of a Historical Event

Supporting Search Guides: (All guides are updated!)

Locate Prints & Photographs

Locate Sets of Sources

Locate Narratives & Oral Histories

Locate a Source by Topic

2013 National Council for the Social Studies Conference, St. Louis, MO

Cover page

Read the Illustration and Locate a Source by Topic

Sort It Out and Locate Prints & Photographs

Museum Gallery Walk and  Primary Source Sets

Break Down a Text and Locate a Newspaper

Searching LOC.GOV and Selecting Primary Source

Common Core readings from the Teaching with the Library of Congress Blog and in the Teaching with the Primary Sources Journal

Additional resources highlighted at the poster session:

Analysis tool adapted for early elementary learners
A few suggested world history resources at

2012 National Council for the Social Studies Conference, Seattle, WA

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