This resource contains images of primary sources and corresponding discussion question cards related to Virginia’s American Indians (aligned with Virginia Studies VS.2d-g and VS.3g). Students can work in small groups to analyze the sources and discuss the open-ended questions; they should practice using evidence from the sources, as well as their own background knowledge, to support their answers. Alternatively, the images can be projected for use during a whole-class discussion.
This activity is a great way not only to incorporate primary sources into your teaching, but also to promote critical thinking. This activity is subjective, so as long as students can justify their thinking, there may be more than one correct answer. You might use this activity as an introduction to your Virginia's American Indians unit, a classroom activity as you teach the unit, or even a review before an end-of-unit assessment.
Included are the following materials:
- teacher notes
- "Learning about Virginia's American Indians" handout
- 5 primary source images (the sixth is protected by copyright; I have included a QR code and a hyperlink to the image online)
- 6 discussion question cards
*A few of these images have a tiny bit of nudity in them, though I tried to not include any that I thought would pose a problem. Please look at the preview to see the primary source images before buying.*
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