Learning to analyze and evaluate primary source documents is essential for student success in social studies classes and on assessments including AP exams and New York Regents. ThinkCERCA helps students practice this skill with leveled applied writing lessons featuring paired primary and secondary sources as well as direct instruction Minilessons that teach students how to understand primary sources in their proper historical context, how to write an effective DBQ, and much more. Sign up for an account to view these lessons >>
Leveled Applied Writing Lessons
- "Grace Abbott and the Child Labor Movement" and excerpts from the Fair Labor Standards Act (Grades 6-8; CCSS.CCRA.R.9)
- "The Power of Peace" and Gandhi's letter to Hitler (Grades 6-8; CCSS.CCRA.R.1)
- "The Constitution of the United States" and the first draft of the U.S. Constitution (Grades 6-8; CCSS.CCRA.R.7)
- "Baby Steps: Philadelphia Strike in 1903 Gave Rise to Children's Army" and a letter from Mother Jones to President Roosevelt (Grades 9-10; CCSS.CCRA.R.9)
- Gandhi's Courtroom Speech (Grades 9-10; CCSS.CCRA.R.1)
- Edmond Burke and Thomas Paine (Grade 9-10; CCSS.CCRA.R.9)
- "A More Perfect Union" and excerpts from the U.S. Constitution (Grades 9-10; CCSS.CCRA.R.7)
- Primary Sources on British Imperialism in East Africa (Grades 9-10; CCSS.CCRA.R.9)
- "Voyages of Christopher Columbus" and excerpts from Columbus's journal (Grades 9-10; CCSS.CCRA.R.1)
- Primary Sources from Samuel Gompers on Child Labor (Grades 11-12; CCSS.CCRA.R.9)
- Gandhi's letter to the Duke of Connaught (Grades 11-12; CCSS.CCRA.R.1)
- President George Washington's Farewell Address and excerpts from the U.S. Constitution (Grades 11-12; CCSS.CCRA.R.7)
- "The Less-than-Heroic Christopher Columbus" and the preface from "A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies" (Grades 11-12; CCSS.CCRA.R.1)
- Progressive Era Child Labor: What challenges did advocates for child labor laws face during the Progressive Era in the United States?
- Christopher Columbus: What were the causes and effects of Columbus’s voyage to the New World in 1492?
- U.S. Constitution: How do certain elements of the United States Constitution reflect the issues faced by the new nation?
- Mahatma Gandhi: How did Gandhi encourage nonviolence throughout the world through his writings?
Introductions to Key Skills & Concepts
- Reading Primary Source Documents (Grades 6-12; CCSS.CCRA.R.2)
- How to Write a DBQ (Grades 6-12; CCSS.CCRA.W.1)
- Reading Visual Sources (Grades 3-12; CCSS.CCRA.R.7)
- Making Arguments about Multiple Perspectives (Grades 3-5; CCSS.CCRA.R.6)
- Making Arguments about Multiple Perspectives (Grades 6-12; CCSS.CCRA.R.6)