Primary and Secondary Sources through Video


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I need a streaming video explaining primary vs. secondary resources. Please help!


You’ve come to the right place! Here are several high-quality online videos that teach about primary and secondary sources—and historical thinking more broadly—to get you started.

Watch's introductory video on historical thinking to learn about primary sources and strategies for analyzing them.

Historians and educators working through the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, have created materials on teaching historical thinking, including an introductory video that explores strategies for analyzing historical evidence and learning about the past. The video shows these strategies in action in elementary and middle-school classrooms.

Print Resources

If you are looking for visuals or print materials, why not start by downloading's free historical thinking poster?

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Other Resources

Explore for more resources, including a recent blog on Historical Thinking or resources for analyzing or teaching with primary sources.

Or try watching examples of historical thinking or Teaching in Action in classrooms around the country.

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