The Common Core State Standards clearly call
for students to learn from primary sources.
The Library of Congress blog nicely lays
out the connection between the CCSS
and primary sources.
Explaining Primary Sources
Common Craft created a video to explain the difference between primary and secondary sources which seems suitable for our intermediate students. For younger students, I like "What are Primary Sources?"
Lesson Plans I Can Use
First I read Joyce Valenza's recent School Library Journal article - "Library of Congress introduces three new apps (and a reminder of some older goodies)." I liked the KidCitizen app, and plan to use two episodes ("What are Primary Sources?" and "Community Helpers") with my second grade classes who do a big unit on community helpers each fall.
Another resource that I would like to use is the Civil Rights History Project digital collection from the Library of Congress which includes video interviews of civil rights activists. These could be used in conjunction with "Engaging Students with Primary Sources" (chapter 4 - Oral Histories - Strength and Limitations; Tips for Analyzing Taped and 1of 2 Transcribed Oral History Interviews, etc.)