Educator Resources


Extra pressed for time or just need a few quick conversation starters or warm-up ideas? We've got you covered with these free educator quick start guides! These guides can also be used in conjunction with some of our more in-depth curriculum guides.
 
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Quick Start Guides

Access and download our free educator quick start guides organized by topic below.

What are Primary Sources? 

Primary Sources Infographic
 
 
 
What are primary sources, and how can they be used to help support your curriculum? Learn about the different types of primary sources and how they can help bring the past to life for your students.
 
Visit our digital collections at digital.utsa.edu for great primary sources you can download and use in the classroom!
 
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What's in a Map?

Map Infograph
 
 
What are the most common elements of a map, and how can you help your students identify them when analyzing both historic and present-day maps? Learn the basics of map construction with this new infographic!
 
Visit our digital collections at digital.utsa.edu for images of historic maps you can download and use in your classroom!
 
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DBQ Walk through the Park

DBQ Walk through the Park
 

 

Our "DBQ Walk Through the Park" guide has everything you need to help your students get started with document-based analysis and questioning. The guide walks you through eight key steps designed to get your students to think critically about primary and secondary source documents.

Visit our digital collections at digital.utsa.edu for great resources you can download and use along with this guide!

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How To: Read a Building

Reading a Building Infographic
 
 
This infographic will help you walk your students through the process of "reading" a building and fine-tune important observation and inference skills. This activity can be completed using photographs or by visiting actual historic building or other structure. Consider taking a "field trip" through your school grounds or neighborhood to put your skills to the test using more "modern" structures as well!
 
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How To: Use Images in the Classroom

How to Use Images in the Classroom

 
 

Learn the basics of image analysis and how it can help make the intagible tangible, encourage visual literacy, and overall foster inquiry-based learning. 

Remember to end any image analysis activity by relating it back to the "big picture" or the theme you are teaching.

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Hands-On History: A Guide to Historical Research

Historical Research Guide
 
 

Historical research: where do we start? Learn the basics of asking good questions, where to select sources, and the importance of practicing good note-taking skills.

Use objects, images, or other primary sources to get your students started thinking about the past.

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How To: Teach with Objects

How to Teach with Objects

 

Learn how to teach with objects and bring the museum experience to your classroom with our simple 3-step process!

Use objects to help your students fine-tune critical thinking skills while inspiring curiosity and wonder!

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