Primary vs. Secondary Sources

Introductory Learning Activity:
John Muir and Stickeen

See overall lessons and resources in Teachers Domain:

Learning Activity:
Lakota Winter Counts

TSW find a Winter Count of interest and make an "event" for the timeline of recent history.

Week of March 28:

What did you notice about the Lakota Winter Counts?
Realize we have observed photographs and drawings to learn about the past.

Learning Activity - Elizabeth Alexander

Elizabeth Alexander delivering her inaugural poem on the Jumbotron in NYC.
Elizabeth Alexander delivering her inaugural poem on the Jumbotron in NYC.


We can learn a lot about the past from our family members...relatives, ancestors, grandparents.
Poet Elizabeth Alexander wrote a poem for President Obama's inauguration on January 20, 2009. She learned that her grandfather had come from Jamaica. Details of his journey were provided through research using a database at Ellis Island. See the video here



What did she learn?
How did she react to hearing that news?
The information that Dr. Henry Louis Gates found for her answered some of her questions, but also raised others.

Learning Activity - Yo-Yo Ma

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma


Cellist Yo-Yo Ma learned about his family through a book discovered by Dr. Henry Louis Gates in China. The book was started in 1723. See the video here.

How was the book kept safe all of those years?
How did Mr. Ma react when he was given the book?
What did he learn about his ancestors?

How could you keep information about yourself and your family for years to come?
I encourage you to make something - find a way to record your family history and daily activities.


Tornadoes!

Secondary Source:

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Primary Source: FEMA for Kids