Teaching with Primary Sources
Inquiry Kits for Social Studies and History Units
Explore this collection of inquiry kits that allows students to select a research topic of interest and evaluate themed primary sources from the Library of Congress. From life in the early American colonies to the modern-day role of the United States, the inquiry kits examine social studies/history themes and align to Maryland curriculum units.
Teacher Resources for Inquiry Kits
Select a unit below to find related topics as well as primary and secondary sources to develop a classroom research project.
How did Americans come together after the Revolutionary War, and what problems did they have?
How did Westward Expansion change the lives of people who went west? How did it change the United States?
What did the Civil War do to families and towns? Why did people want change?
What changes did Americans see in people, culture and politics?
Challenges of a New Century (1898-1929)
What did Americans do about the war, immigrants, and changes in industry?
- Topic 1: Yellow Journalism and the Spanish American War
- Topic 2: Childhood in the Early 20th Century
- Topic 3: Conservationism and the Creation of Our National Parks
- Topic 4: Difficulties of Urban Life: The Great Baltimore Fire
- Topic 5: Buying America: The Birth of Consumer Culture
- Topic 6: William Hoy, Deaf Major League Baseball Player
The United States in a Time of Crisis (1929-1945)
What was life like for Americans during the Great Depression and World War II?
- Topic 1: Pearl Harbor
- Topic 2: WWII European Front
- Topic 3: American Life in the Great Depression
- Topic 4: Japanese Internment Camps
- Topic 5: The Golden Age of Radio
- Topic 6: Teenagers in World War II: The Victory Corp
Challenges of the Post War World (1946-1968)
What happened in the United States at the end of World War II? What did people do to make things change?
- Topic 1: Civil Rights in Post-War America: The Era of Visible Resistance
- Topic 2: We Shall Overcome: The Evoution of A Song
- Topic 3: The Marshall Plan
- Topic 4: Cesar Chavez and The Delano Grape Strike
- Topic 5: Television!
Democracy Challenged (1968-1980)
What did Americans do during the big changes in the United States and around the world?
- Topic 1: Equal Rights Amendment
- Topic 2: Vietnam War
- Topic 3: President Nixon and Watergate
- Topic 4: Youth Rebellion
- Topic 5: Oil Crisis
Modern America (1981-Present)
Why is the United States important to the whole world?
- Topic 1: Activism to Fight AIDS
- Topic 2: The Fall of the Berlin Wall
- Topic 3: Persian Gulf War: Female Veterans' Voices
- Topic 4: Modern Immigration Stories
- Topic 5: September 11th