Engaging Students in Inquiry with Primary Sources

Emerging America
Graduate Credits: 


This workshop is offered free of charge thanks to a grant from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program at CES.

Participants will:

  • Engage students in reading and writing about primary sources.
  • Learn to find, access, and use varied media: photos, maps, newspapers, advertisements, film, sound recordings, graphs and charts, letters, oral histories, and documents from the vast online collections of the Library of Congress.
  • Develop and teach an inquiry-based lesson.
  • Share reflections and student work with peers.


Elementary ELA and Social Studies teachers; Grades K - 5.


22.5 PDPs or 1 graduate credit in partnership with Westfield State University. To earn PDPs or Graduate Credit, participants must complete all assignments by the last class, details of which will be provided in the class syllabus. Graduate Credit from Westfield State University costs $125. Registration for Graduate Credit takes place in the first class, with payment accepted by credit card or check.


Future training dates will be announced here. If you have questions or are interested in offering this training on-site, please contact us.


  • Rich Cairn

    Rich Cairn has directed the Emerging America program since 2006. Emerging America includes Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program at the Collaborative for Educational Services, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History Institutes: "Forge of Innovation: The Springfield Armory and the Genesis of American Industry."

For more information, contact:
Director, Emerging America
413.586.4900 x5936