The Presidential Primary Sources Project

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Project Specifications
Arts and humanities
Digital Collections
Classroom collaboration
Audience Level: 
Middle School
High School
Active Dates: 
Thu, 01/15/2015


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Project Overview

2015 PPSP Program Flyer

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The Presidential Primary Sources Project is a collaborative program sponsored by historic sites and museums, the National Parks Service, U.S. Presidential Libraries and Museums, and the Internet2 community. The goal of the annual project is to engage classrooms throughout the national and international education community with an overarching theme, utilizing primary source documents for student research and presentation. 

2015 Overall Goal, Theme and Essential Question

Goal  ~  Students will use primary and secondary sources to engage in collaborative scholarly inquiry which addresses an essential question or contemporary issue.
Theme  ~  Civil and Human Rights
Essential Question  ~  How have United States Presidents influenced civil and human rights throughout our history?

Learning standards

Because of the broad nature of the presidential theme, teachers will find that a number of the historical presentations coincide with their yearly curriculum. Additionally, research and synthesis requirements expected by national and state standards can also be integrated at various points in a teacher’s syllabus. Each video conference will be associated with its coinciding National Standards to assist teachers in these efforts.  Please see the program flyer for more details.




Kristin Guidry
member since 2013
Randy Stout
member since 2013
Lea Bentley Castillo
member since 2013
James Werle
member since 2013



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