Educator Resources

Primarily Teaching Online

Your primary goal during Primarily Teaching is to find primary source documents in the National Archives catalog that aren't yet included on DocsTeach.org.

Your discoveries will be added to DocsTeach by the end of the second week (August 3rd). If you are taking this course for credit, you are also required to create a DocsTeach activity using one or more of the documents you identify, as well as each session assignment.

Please note: Login information is different for each webinar. Please watch your email for notifications.

Materials and Assignments

Thursday, July 21

Simple online catalog searches and finding new documents to add to DocsTeach

Presentation Slides:

  • "National Archives Documents and the National Archives Catalog" will arrive by email immediately after the presentation.

Handouts (PDF):


Assignment:

  • Narrow your topic to include National Archives materials and conduct several searches in the catalog.
  • Add at least one document to your collection grid and send a copy of the grid to distancelearning@nara.gov.

Saturday, July 23

Possible primary sources for the theme Taking a Stand in History and how to find more

Presentation Slides:

  • "DocsTeach Documents" will arrive by email immediately after the presentation.

Handouts (PDF):


Assignment:

  • Register for a DocsTeach account if you have not already done so.
  • Search DocsTeach for your chosen topic.
  • Find one appropriate document in DocsTeach, identify the series, and use the series to search for more documents in the catalog.
  • Record what you find on your collection grid and send it to distancelearning@nara.gov.

Thursday, July 28

Student-driven document searches and advanced catalog searching

Presentation Slides:

  • "Advanced Catalog Searching and Comparing to DocsTeach" will arrive by email immediately after the presentation.

Handouts (PDF):


Assignment:

  • Using all the search skills you have learned, compile a short list (up to three documents on your chosen topic) from the catalog to your collection grid that have not yet been added to DocsTeach.
  • Send your updated collection grid to distancelearning@nara.gov.

Saturday, July 30

Locating supporting National Archives materials for any lesson

Presentation Slides:

  • "Teacher and Student Resources on www.archives.gov" will arrive by email immediately after the presentation.

Handouts (PDF):


Assignment:

  • Locate secondary sources and other materials on the National Archives website and affiliated websites related to your topic and add them to your collection grid.
  • Send your updated collection grid to distancelearning@nara.gov.

Thursday, August 4

Using and creating DocsTeach activities

Presentation Slides:

  • "DocsTeach Activities – Part I" will arrive by email immediately after the presentation.

Handouts (PDF):


Assignment:

  • Register for a DocsTeach account if you have not already done so.
  • Find at least one already-created activity for each of the 11 activity types on DocsTeach (Discussion Topic, Spotlight, Zoom/Crop, Compare and Contrast, White Out/Black Out, Finding A Sequence, Making Connections, Mapping History, Seeing the Big Picture, Weighing the Evidence, Interpreting Data).
  • Take notes about how each type works and think about how you might use it in your classroom. You do not need to send a copy of your notes. We will discuss this in the next class together.

Saturday, August 6

Using documents for historical context and creating DocsTeach activities from scratch

Presentation Slides:

  • "DocsTeach Activities – Part II" will arrive by email immediately after the presentation.

Handout (PDF):


Assignment:

  • Create a DocsTeach activity on your topic and include:
    • historical context
    • one or more documents for your specific activity
    • (You do not need to publish this activity but may if you wish.)
    • Send the activity URL to distancelearning@nara.gov

Thursday, August 11

Fine-tuning your DocsTeach activity and adding materials from outside of the National Archives

Presentation Slides:

  • "DocsTeach Activities – Part III" will arrive by email immediately after the presentation.

Handout:


Assignment:

  • Add one element in your already-created, from-scratch activity to the teacher page that reflects material from outside the National Archives.
  • If you are ready, go ahead and publish your DocsTeach activity (not required).

Saturday, August 13

Sharing your documents and activities (final day to register for graduate credit)

  • Come to the webinar prepared to share what you have accomplished and learned!

August 25

Final day for all assignments to be completed in order to receive graduate credit

  • You must have attended all webinars (or alternate arrangement made with the presenter)
  • You must have submitted all of your documents to distancelearning@nara.gov
  • You must have submitted your DocsTeach activity URL to distancelearning@nara.gov. (You have the option to publish it or not. National Archives staff will review it either way.)

Northwest Nazarene University will issue grades after we record your grade on August 25th. If you need the transcript earlier than August 25th, contact carol.buswell@nara.gov and we will make every effort to post your grades earlier.

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