Primary Source Activity

Subject: Social Studies

Grade Levels: 9 through 12


To explore the use of primary sources (artifacts, testimony, documents) as a technique for students to construct meaning through investigation and interaction with teachers and other students.

Sunshine State Standards:

View all Sunshine State Standards


Using these primary sources:

  1. An artifact or document
  2. A specific biographical reference or survivor testimony
  3. A map
  4. A photograph

Create questions that either lend themselves to further investigation or can be answered by use of these documents. Strive for higher order, open ended questions.


Suggestions for using primary sources from the Library of Congress.

A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust
Produced by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology,
College of Education, University of South Florida © 1997-2013.

Timeline People Arts Activities Resources