Primary Sources-Striking New Chords

Using our Past to Understand the Present & Future

Forms of Communication-Past, Present & Future

TIL-Technology Information Literacy

Grades 6-8

This lesson is based on what we did in the LOC course when we were asked to analyze images & then modified for its goals and assessment project.


Using a primary source analysis tool, students will begin to understand connections between various types of communication used over time & apply that to our digital age & how we will write 'history' with our various types of primary sources in use today as well as predict what the future may hold when it comes to communication.


  • students will know how to analyze various types of primary sources using an analysis tool
  • students will be able to present their interpretations of the significance of primary sources as communication tools and form predictions for digital sources of today & the future using a publication tool of their choice


  • Students will have been led through examining various types of primary sources using the analysis tool as a class exercise

  • Students will have already gone through the LOC Fair Use & Copyright interactive
Students will have previously used various forms of collaborative & presentation tools includiing:

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  1. After having had earlier lessons on what primary sources are and done an 'I do, We do', then the students will be paired to analyze three additional sources of their choice using the Primary Source Analysis Tool.
  2. Once they have discussed and completed their forms, we will come back together & share out. (allow one class period)
  3. The next day, as a class, we will use the Debate analysis tool to analyze another one of the sources & walk through the process together.
  4. Then, the students will apply this tool to ONE of their sources that they analyzed before.
  5. Using their questions from the Describe tool as well as their Primary Source Analysis Tool to guide them (as well as perhaps the questions on the source slide), the students will begin to brainstorm predictions on what communications/primary sources of the future will look and sound like. (steps 3-5 can take two class periods)
  6. Students will then do some research online to add to their predictions and will use a collaborative tool to share & record their ideas and predictions. (one day)
  7. Finally, the students will select a presentation tool of their choice to present their findings & predictions, using a multimedia rubric to guide them.(two to three class periods)
  8. All of this will be completed & submitted via the class LMS. Each student will do a self-reflection and post this in the assignment online as well as provide input on each others presentations using the 'CSI' method-compliment, suggest and inquire. (one to two periods to allow time for feedback & reflection)

Final assessments will be based on the following:

1. satisfactory completion of both the primary source analysis form and the DEBATE form

2. presentation tool using rubric

(Note: presentation tools can be student choice-including, but not limited to Smore, , Animoto, GoAnimate, PowToon, Google Slides, Prezi, iMovie, etc.)

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1. Basic operations and concepts 2. Social, ethical, and human issues 3. Technology productivity tools 4. Technology communications tools 5. Technology research tools 6. Technology problem-solving and decision-making tool


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