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Accessibility, Vol. 2, No. 4, Fall 2009

This issue explores how teachers can use instructional strategies and other supports to facilitate the primary source-based learning of students with disabilities.
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Letter written by Tilton C. Reynolds, a Union soldier, to his mother

Primary Sources and Students with Disabilities
In this feature article, the authors present an instructional strategy for making text-based primary sources more accessible to all students, especially students with disabilities.

Photograph of student, 1939

Research and Current Thinking
Summaries of and links to online resources—articles, research reports, Web sites, and white papers—that provide research and current thinking relating to the issue's theme.

Vicki Martinez, elementary school teacher

Teacher Spotlight
Vicki Martinez, an elementary school teacher in Charleston, Illinois, uses primary sources to engage students with different learning needs in a variety of ways.

Three roosters sitting on a cracker box

Learning Activity – Elementary Level
In this activity, students listen and wonder about a sound recording of a six-year-old boy imitating different sounds to discover what they can learn about his life and collaboratively create a “soundtrack” for their own lives today.

Great Union Stock Yards, Chicago, Illinois

Learning Activity – Secondary Level
In this activity, students use visual literacy strategies to “read” primary source photographs of the meatpacking industry in the Chicago Stockyards and to organize and reflect on their findings.

Children reading

TPS Quarterly Archive
Previous issues of the Teaching With Primary Sources Quarterly are available through this archive.

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