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Teaching with Primary Sources Program at Rockford University


Please enjoy our videos introducing the Teaching with Primary Sources Program at Rockford University. This  series of videos will introduce viewers to the wonderful and exciting world of primary sources and the experience of critical thinking they offer to students.

Introduction to Teaching with Primary Sources Program at Rockford University with Dr. Deb Dew and Michael Griffith

The R.M.S. Titanic and its impact on the lives of its passengers by Pam Miner.
Mrs. Miner teaches 5th grade in Rockford, Illinois. She has developed a cross-curricular lesson to teach students the significance of historical disasters, namely the sinking of the Titanic. The lesson has students analyze primary sources and write a research essay.

Using Primary Sources to Teach Hometown History by Katy Paterson.
Mrs. Paterson is a Rockford Public School Librarian. She discusses how using prints and photographs on the Library of Congress website will connect students to their town’s past. Katy also guides the viewer to other points of interest on

Veterans Project by Terry Gano
This video segment showcases the Auburn High School Veterans Project, sponsored by teacher Terry Gano. Veterans are videotaped while students interview them about their military experiences. The unedited versions of the videos are sent to the Library of Congress. Students then edit the videos to prepare a documentary that includes portions of the original interview and primary sources and footage from other videos. These documentaries are entered in various competitions, and a copy is presented to the veteran at an end-of-year ceremony.
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*Digital sources for images shown above: Jane Addams, profile (, Drafts of Langston Hughes’s poem "Ballad of Booker T.,” 30 May-1 June 1941 (, Chicago (Victor 18946, B-26733/4 ), Children sitting and kneeling on the ground and painting at Hull House (, Panoramic view of Rockford, Ill. (, Hull-House community workshop Register now: Free classes in painting, sculpture, pottery, weaving, poster art (, Gardner portrait of Lincoln (