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Critical Thinking, Vol. 1, No. 2, Fall 2008

This issue explores how teachers can use primary sources to build students’ critical thinking skills, preparing them for success in the 21st century.
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Poster promoting library use

Primary Sources and Critical Thinking
In this feature article, the author links critical thinking and primary source-based instruction and reflects on how to successfully teach critical thinking using primary sources.

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.

Linda Egnatz, high-school Spanish teacher

Teacher Spotlight
Linda Egnatz, a high-school Spanish teacher in Frankfort, Illinois, uses primary sources to both promote critical thinking and deepen content knowledge.

Thirty-six Star United States Flag

Learning Activity – Elementary Level
In this activity, students use critical thinking skills to analyze and compare two versions of an important national symbol: the American flag.

Women’s Sphere political cartoon

Learning Activity – Secondary Level
Students will practice higher-order thinking skills through this activity by analyzing issues addressed in historical and contemporary political cartoons and using research evidence to form their own opinions.

Women’s Sphere political cartoon

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

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