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Primary sources are perhaps the most important element of a historian’s work. And in the recent era of national standards, they are the essential component in k-12 History/Social Studies Education. Primary sources, like the Information Wanted Ads, give historians and students alike new angles, approaches, and contexts to deepen understanding. Through these lesson plans, students will be able to interact with primary sources, to do the same work that historians do every day. 

These lessons and resources are free to use and adapt as educators see fit. We ask only that if teachers choose to use these lessons, then consider providing feedback so that we can continue to tailor these lessons to be great resources in helping students understand the history behind the ads. 


History's Cold Cases


Examples from Myra Smoot Corbin's Classroom