Primary Source American History is a workbook in the form of a toolbox of teacher assignments. The main idea behind it is to create a large number of primary source readings – 80 in total – that can be assigned to U.S. History students in high school or as part of a university core survey course on U.S. History. But this workbook contains a variety of teacher resources, including:
80 primary source reading assignments,
Seven research and documentation projects (five papers, a PowerPoint presentation and a video),
20 unit vocabulary lists
22 review worksheets,
Two Mock Trials (one criminal and one civil) and
A Mock Congress (with speech/paper).
All of the assignments are in print-ready format. Because it is a digital text in MS Word DOC format, they are adaptable to your classroom preferences. Moreover, it's easy for the teacher purchasing this to post the first 680-odd pages on a school password-protected school intranet to use as a textbook supplement. (You may want to withhold the Mock Trials and Mock Congress for the appropriate time.)
All of the primary source readings have a series of questions at the end, which are generally a mix of reading comprehension, student opinion, Document-Based Questions, and – whenever possible – links to current events. The primary source documents are a necessity for the honors-level students at the college preparatory high school where I teach, as most are tracked to take the College Board's AP U.S. History exam. As such, I give them the document-based questions (DBQs) at the end of the texts (marked with a “►”) as preparation for the kind of questions they'll likely encounter in the AP exam.
– Thomas R. Eddlem
The full index of readings (with writers and works) is available on my Pinterest here: http://www.pinterest.com/teddlem/primary-source-american-history/