This site offers over four thousand primary documents to enhance instruction and bring history to life.
Free resources and lesson plans from the federal government
Galileo is Georgia's Virtual Library and is an excellent resource for tutorials designed to assist students with informational texts.
This Enchanted Learning site provides numerous examples of graphic organizers.
This page from Lexington, SC provides PowerPoint presentations for use in classroom instruction.
Visit this site for a collection of examples of historical thinking and is a site rich with primary resources.
Inquiry charts, or I-Charts, guide inquiry into reading by exploration of critical questions. Students gather evidence to support ideas from multiple sources of information. It is a graphic organizer that frames critical questions and catalogues evidence to support conclusions.
GIST is a great strategy because it teaches students how to paraphrase and summarize. It reminds students to listen for the “big idea” when reading text. It enables readers to learn quickly, extract important ideas, and recall text.
Focused Free Writes can be a great way for the teacher to assess their students’ understanding of a lesson or topic, especially students who may not talk a lot in class. It provides students with a time to reflect on what they have learned, activate their background knowledge, and organize their thoughts.
The fishbowl is a classroom discussion strategy. The strategy is useful in engaging students in discussions, giving students autonomy, and modeling discussions. It is particularly helpful in large classes. The strategy helps build deep questioning skills, attention to detail, discussion etiquette and confidence.