Primary Sources to Help Student Develop Arguments and Empathy

Maritere Mix
Middle School Latin Teacher
Wilmington, MA

As educators of history, we face some unique challenges in our classrooms: How can we help students connect with the past and begin to empathize with the people living back then? How can we support students to investigate primary sources that will help them think critically about the past? This talk explores how to structure an activity that prepares students to engage with primary sources, which in turn allows them to connect to distant pasts, empowers them to make informed claims, and enables them to tell fascinating stories!