Assessment: Develop Your Own Inquiry Lesson Using Primary Sources

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Putting it all together

This is the final portion of the mini-course. You have come a long way in learning how to design historical inquiry lessons that engage students in primary sources. Here you will put all of your work into action and create your historical inquiry lesson using primary sources.

If you want to see what a historical inquiry lesson looks like when you put it in action, click Reading Like a Historian. You are on your way to engaging your students in a meaningful understanding of history just like this.



Now that you know how to design an inquiry lesson using primary sources...

Put all of your planning into action. You started with just a question and primary sources. You have already done most of the planning involved. Develop an original lesson plan that uses analysis of primary sources at the core of the lesson.

Here is the criteria:

  • The lesson title
  • Lesson overview
  • Curriculum area and grade level
  • Time needed
  • Learning objectives
  • Prerequisites (if necessary)
  • Materials and technology
  • Primary sources
  • Step-by-step procedures of the lesson
  • Assessment
  • Extensions for further inquiry (optional)


"Home | Stanford History Education Group." Home | Stanford History Education Group. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2014. <>. "Teaching with Documents." National Council for the Social Studies. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2014. <

"Library of Congress Home." Library of Congress Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2014. <>.

Sandwell, Ruth W.. "Using Primary Documents in Social Studies and History."The Anthology of Social Studies 2.Issues and Strategies for Secondary Teachers (2010): 295-307. Web. 2 Mar. 2014.

"Teaching with Documents." National Council for the Social Studies. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2014. <