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4th-5th Grade History Learning Activity: Primary Sources

A primary source is an original piece of material that has not been altered. They are often first-hand accounts of historic events. Journals, works of art, and documented findings are all examples of primary sources. Secondary sources are pieces that report on or aggregate these materials. For instance, this activity is in fact a secondary source showcasing primary sources. For more examples, explore the interactive activity below.

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This activity is available in our American History B course

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The second half of a detailed two-year survey of the history of the United States, this course takes students from the westward movement of the late 1800s to the present. Lessons integrate topics in geography, civics, and economics. Building on the award-winning series A History of US, the course guides students through critical episodes in the story of America. Students examine the impact of the settlement of the American West; investigate the social, political, and economic changes that resulted from industrialization; explore the changing role of the U.S. in international affairs from the late 19th century through the end of the Cold War; and trace major events and trends in the United States from the Cold War through the first decade of the twenty-first century.

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