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The Primary Sources series is the winner of the 2015 Academics’ Choice Awards for the 2015 Smart Book Award in recognition of mind-building excellence. The Patriotic Documents Primary Sources is a pack of 20 primary source that are printed on sturdy 8.5" X 11" card stock.

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Patriotic Documents Primary Sources are just what teachers need to help students learn how to analyze primary sources in order to meet Common Core State Standards!

Students participate in active learning by creating their own interpretations of history using historical documents. Students make observations, generate questions, organize information and ideas, think analytically, write persuasively or informatively, and cite evidence to support their opinion, hypotheses, and conclusions. Students learn how to integrate and evaluate information to deepen their understanding of historical events. As a result, students experience a more relevant and meaningful learning experience.

The 20 Patriotic Documents Primary Sources are:
1. Lithograph (1876) of the "Declaration Committee" - 1776
2. Thomas Jefferson’s "original Rough draught" of the Declaration of Independence
3. The Declaration of Independence: Introduction and Preamble
4. The Declaration of Independence: The List of Grievances
5. The Declaration of Independence: Denunciation, Conclusion, and Signatures
6. Painting (1940) entitled Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States – signed 1787
7. The United States Constitution: Preamble and Article I (Sections 1 – 6)
8. The United States Constitution: Article I (Sections 7 – 10)
9. The United States Constitution: Article II
10. The United States Constitution: Article III and Article IV
11. The United States Constitution: Articles V, VI, and VII and Signatures
12. Senate revisions to the proposed Bill of Rights amendments – September 1789
13. The Bill of Rights, ratified in 1791
14. Copy of broadside printing of the "Defense of Fort McHenry," a poem by Francis Scott Key – 1814
15. Quotations by Abraham Lincoln about the Declaration of Independence – 1850-1865
16. Reproduction of the Emancipation Proclamation, first issued in 1862 by President Abraham Lincoln
17. The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
18. The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
19. The 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
20. The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution – 1919
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