Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Western Region @ Metropolitan State University of Denver

TPS Western Region Presents at 2017 Colorado Council for Social Studies Conference

Teaching with Primary Sources Western Region presented 2 sessions at the Colorado Council for Social Studies Conference on April 14th, 2017.

Connecting to Colorado’s Future Through its Past: Teaching with Primary Sources and the Colorado Encyclopedia

This session highlighted our partnership with the Colorado Humanities to deliver professional development opportunities and primary source strategies and sets to K-12 educators based around Colorado specific topics.


The Colorado Encyclopedia is an amazing website made  for educators by educators and historians with leveled articles for the 4th, 8th, and 10th grades. Each Colorado topic includes at least 3 to 5 primary sources and a contextual article. This is an ongoing project, so it will be updated and continually added to.


Got Primary Sources

This session was done in collaboration with the Stephanie Hartman from the Colorado Department of Education. For the past 9 months, we have been meeting with CDE, Colorado Geographic Alliance, historians and professors from MSU Denver, content specialists from Aurora Public Schools, American Museum of Western Art, Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection, and Lessons on Local Government, to create primary source sets and lesson plans for the K-6 classroom.

Each set can be accessed here. 

Also included in the link above are K-6 Primary Source Analysis Worksheets for each medium that ask purposeful questions to guide students in analyzing primary sources.



Zoom-In Activity



All of the presentation worksheets and handouts can be accessed here: bit.ly/CCSS2017


Primary sources have such versatility! It was a pleasure sharing strategies and resources at CCSS2017.

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