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Using Documents

Although using written sources requires greater levels of literacy than object-based and image-based learning, historical documents still have the power to engage your students. Other reasons for using historical documents in your teaching include:

  • Documents can really enhance your students’ knowledge and understanding of a topic.
  • Documents such as diaries and personal letters can help develop your students’ empathy skills.

Below are three simple ideas for ways you can use historical documents in your teaching:

  • Layers of inference diagrams
  • Compare and Contrast: Y- notes graphic organisers
  • Paleogeography