New Curriculum Correlations in Smithsonian Primary Sources in U.S. History

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Smithsonian Primary Sources in U.S. History now connects literary concepts to primary sources located in the product. Detailed curriculum correlations align the primary source to national social science and literary standards for easy-to-see application across subjects.

Primary source materials greatly enrich learning for high school students by helping them develop critical thinking skills, pursue independent learning, and understand how viewpoints and biases affect interpretation of history—all important components of today’s national standards.

Smithsonian Primary Sources in U.S. History provides easy access to unique and seminal primary sources including documents, maps, historical objects, and other materials from the museums, archives and collections of the Smithsonian—as well as from Gale’s leading digital collections.

View this short video to see how this added feature will benefit classroom lesson planning:

See how easy it can be to provide your students with curriculum-aligned, authoritative primary sources by requesting a trial!


“This is a useful, high quality database to share with students to show them the value of using primary sources in their learning. Recommended.”

—School Library Connection, March/April 2017 [View the full blog here]

“This database is a treasure trove for students, teachers, curriculum writers, and researchers looking for authenticated primary source documents.”

Booklist, November 2016 [View the full blog here]

1 Immigration Station, Ellis Island. N.p, 1900–1910. Smithsonian Primary Sources in U.S. History.

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