Students Investigating Primary Sources, or SIPS, is a brand new free resource from the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship. This new resource is a K-12 collection of brief introductory mini-lessons centered on particular topics and primary sources. These materials were created in collaboration with the National Archives, Pinellas County Public Schools, and Brevard Public Schools. We will be adding additional grade level materials as they are developed. Please note that the page has issues loading on Internet Explorer!
We are very excited to share this with folks, and we hope that you find this useful. Currently, we have resources for high school US History and US Government, but as stated above, we will be adding additional K-12 resources as they are developed, and you are welcome to adapt these current mini-lessons for use in your state. Most excitingly, as the logos show, these are created in direct collaboration with the National Archives, drawing on their resources in conjunction with some of their excellent personnel. As always, however, we wanted to make sure that teachers have a voice, so we brought teachers and district leaders in from Brevard and Pinellas Counties. The resources are available as a PDF and in Word; simply click on ‘Download Original’ to access the Word version if you wish to modify it!
I hope that you find these useful. Please keep an eye out for additional resources as we move forward. We are grateful for our friends at the National Archives and our county partners for their work with the FJCC team! Oh, and our own Val McVey will be presenting on SIPS at NCSS in December! You can access the free SIPS resources on our website.