Teaching with Primary Sources

Teaching students to ask questions about primary sources helps unlock their magic — sparking curiosity, engagement, and critical thinking. Explore RQI’s free resources and online learning opportunities for using the Question Formulation Technique with primary sources, made possible by the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Program.

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Online Learning Opportunities

Learn on your own time with on-demand modules
Want to learn on your own time? Explore four self-paced modules to understand the QFT, learn more about primary sources at the Library of Congress, and build your own lesson plan. Receive a certificate of completion for one-hour of work for each of the four modules.

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Join our four-week course
Want to learn with a group? Sign up for Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Primary Source Questions and experience an immersive four-week online course with a cohort of your peers. Participate in weekly discussion boards and get real time feedback from RQI facilitators. Receive a certificate of completion for 12 hours of work. You may also be eligible for state approved PD clock hours. The next run will be early 2023. 

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This webpage and its contents were funded by a grant from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program. Content created and featured in partnership with the TPS program does not indicate an endorsement by the Library of Congress.

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