The Flow of History works with teachers and allied community educators to teach history and other place-based subjects in ways that address Common Core priorities.

Students become deeply attached to their work when allowed to become historians. They ask strong questions, dig deeply, and eagerly share new understandings. In order to achieve success, however, students need to have adequate background knowledge and the skills to read and interpret primary sources. The following pages include teaching strategies and example videos of this process.

Gaining Background Knowledge through the Close Read of Informational Text
Successful comprehension of a primary source depends on background knowledge.

Investigating a Topic through Primary Source Analysis
Primary source analysis is a learned skill and should be practiced throughout the year.

Expressing New Ideas About the Topic and Sharing Learning With Others
Providing students with opportunities to share their work with an authentic audience is inspirational to all.

Developing an Instructional Plan

For further reading:

Primary Sources and the Common Core (Library of Congress)