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Engage your students with history! Develop their powers of analysis and inquiry by guiding them to examine and study a historical source. Use these analysis sheets with any historical source to guide their exploration.
ATTACK the Source (Elementary)
Historical Source Analysis Sheet (Middle)
Why was Captain John Smith's map of Virginia so important and, therefore, copied so many times?
SOL: 1.4, 1.5, 2.2, 3.5, 3.6, K.1, K.2, K.3, USI.1, USI.3, VS.1, VS.2, VUS.1, VUS.2, WG.1, WHI.1, WHII.1
How can we use historical maps to strengthen our mental maps of the modern world?
SOL: 1.4, 1.5, 2.4, 2.5, 3.5, 3.6, K.4, USI.1, USI.2, VS.1, VUS.1, WG.1, WHI.1, WHII.1
How did early maps show the mapmakers' perception of the known world?
SOL: 1.4, 1.5, 2.5, 2.6, 3.2, 3.5, 3.6, K.4, K.5, USI.1, USI.2, USII.1, VS.1, VS.2, VUS.1, VUS.2, WG.1, WHI.1, WHII.1, WHII.4
What choices did the Revolutionary War create for enslaved African Americans in Virginia?
SOL: VS.1, VS.5
What would you do to secure your freedom? Is there any price too steep?
SOL: CE.1, USI.8, VUS.1, VUS.6
How does the annual payment of tribute to the governor by some of Virginia's Indians attest to their continuing presence?
SOL: USI.3, USI.4, VS.2, VUS.2
What are some ways that women contributed to the war effort during WWII?
SOL: CE.1, USII.1, USII.7, VUS.1, VUS.12
What are the characteristics of a person worthy of being a member of the Human Being Hall of Fame?
SOL: CE.1, USII.9, VS.1, VS.9
What did the Virginia Ordinance of Secession declare?
SOL: USI.1, USI.9, VS.1, VS.7, VUS.1, VUS.7
How did canning food at home aid the war effort during WWII?
SOL: CE.1, CE.3, USII.1, USII.8, VS.1, VUS.1, VUS.12