Instructional Resources & Lesson Plan Examples

  • Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy developed by the SAA-ACRL/RBMS Joint Task Force. The guidelines articulate crucial skills for navigating the complexity of primary sources and codify best practices for utilizing these materials.
  • Teaching With Digital Primary Sources: A white paper that explores the opportunities and challenges of teaching with digital primary sources, published by the Digital Library Federation.
  • Some Case Studies on teaching with primary sources, published by the Society of American Archivists.
  • Exercises and guidance for teaching effectively with primary sources from the Brooklyn Historical Society.
  • The Teaching With Primary Sources Collective has a wealth of information and lesson plans.
  • VideoHow to Uncover Diverse Voices for Research and Teaching Strategies with Primary Source Archives. Dr. Marcia Chatelain, Professor of history and African American studies at Georgetown University, rethinks archives to support research and learning about marginalized peoples and communities using primary source collections. Dr. Chatelain describes the challenges she confronted.

Interdisciplinary Relevancy

Below are suggestions for subject areas that are represented in The Modern Farmer. It is not intended to be a comprehensive list.

  • The experience of African-American agricultural workers in the Depression era.
  • The history of African-American workers in the Labor Movement.
  • Social activism in the late 1920s through 1940s.
  • The NFCF (National Federation of Colored Farmers).
  • The NFCF and its place among other organizations (UNIA, STFU, NAACP.)
  • Noteworthy individuals: James P. Davis, Leon Harris, Cornelius R. Richardson, Gilchrist Stewart
  • Rural disenfranchisement in the Jim Crow era.
  • Political currents as reflected in editorials of the time.
  • Cultural trends as reflected in advertisements.
  • The role of the church in African-American society in this period.