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Zoom In: 18 Free History Lessons with Primary Sources

October 10, 2015

The Zoom In online platform features 18 skill-focused, document-rich lessons that address every era of U.S. history. Each interactive inquiry engages students in reading documents closely, gathering evidence, and writing an argumentative or explanatory essay.

Free History Lessons

Zoom In: 18 Free History Lessons with Primary SourcesRich primary and secondary texts are at the core of Zoom In lessons, giving voice to multiple perspectives on key moments in U.S. history. Speeches, letters, political cartoons, oral histories, audio recordings, photographs and essays by historians. They have all also been adapted to balance authenticity and challenge with accessibility for middle and high school readers.

Interactive writing templates help scaffold student writing, using interactive outlines, tips, and sentence starters. Teachers can differentiate instruction by assigning individual students either a high or low level of writing support. The tool’s dashboard allows teachers to monitor students’ progress and to assess student notes and writing using standards-based rubrics.

Zoom In is also completely free – visit this website to learn more!

Here are certainly more social studies lessons for your classroom!

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Dr. Monica Burns is a former classroom teacher, Author, Speaker, and Curriculum & EdTech Consultant. Visit her site for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.

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