Analyze and Interpret Historical Evidence, 9-12
History Matters offers unique teaching materials, including first-person primary documents and guides to analyzing historical evidence. The site’s resources focus on the lives of ordinary Americans and actively involve students in analyzing and interpreting evidence.

The site is organized into three main sections:
Many Pasts
Contains 1,000 primary documents in text, image and audio that emphasize the experiences of “ordinary” Americans throughout U.S. history. All of the documents are accompanied by annotations that address their larger historical significance and context.

Making Sense of Evidence
Making Sense of Documents provides detailed strategies for analyzing online primary materials (including film, music, photographs, advertisements, oral history, and letters and diaries) with interactive exercises and a guide to traditional and online sources. Scholars in Action shows how scholars puzzle out the meaning of different kinds of primary sources (from cartoons to house inventories), allowing students to try to make sense of a document themselves and then providing audio clips in which leading scholars interpret the document and discuss strategies for overall analysis.

Contains an annotated guide to more than 1000 useful Web sites for teaching U.S. history and social studies.

Other useful resources on the site:

  • Digital Blackboard - teaching assignments using Web resources
  • Reference Desk - copyright, standards, and evaluating websites
  • Talking History - archives forums with teachers and scholars
  • Syllabus Central - annotated syllabi
  • Students as Historians - student work on the Web
  • Secrets of Great History Teachers - teachers share strategies and techniques
  • Puzzled by the Past - an archive of past quizzes

Remember Heartland also offers online databases with primary sources. With Com Cat, you can search the online databases simultaneously. Click here, click Account Login, Click Lookup and choose your school, enter the online database username and password assigned to your school.
  • SIRS
  • AP Multimedia Archive