Sunday, January 22, 2017

Teaching Strategies for Analyzing Primary Sources

Analyzing primary sources is a critical strategy to teach in any history classroom. Teaching students how to "think like historians" is essential to help them comprehend what historians actually do. The best way to learn about past events is to actually study historical documents - journals, letters, auto-biographies, newspapers, artwork, etc.

Teaching students how to analyze documents can be a difficult task. I found two helpful strategies that I often use in my history classes; SOAPStone and APPARTS.

Here is a FREE SOAPStone analysis worksheet for the Berlin Blockade. Click HERE to get this FREE resource.

Check out my other SOAPStone worksheets below:
The Great Depression
American Isolationism in WWII
The Korean War
The Cuban Missile Crisis
The Russian Revolution - Lenin

Happy Teaching!


  1. Thanks so much for sharing--I have been hung up on APPARTS for years, but you have inspired me to try SOAPSTone!

  2. I love these strategies! Thank you :)

  3. This is just what my younger students need to get more comfortable with primary sources, thank you so much for sharing! ~Stephanie


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