Common Core-Aligned Primary Source Collections

The following resources offer collections of complex texts. These primary and secondary sources illuminate a period of history through a wide range of documents, including speeches, court documents, newspaper articles, images, and more. Most documents are in the 9th–12th grade reading level. Some are more advanced.

The Weimar Republic: The Fragility of Democracy

A rich collection of history, artwork, primary documents, and biographies documents the creativity and catastrophe of Germany’s Weimar Republic (1919-1933). How did individual choices shape the events that led to the rise of the Third Reich and collapse of democracy?

Two Who Dared: The Sharps’ War

Righteous Among Us: Two Who Defied the Nazis tells the story of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, and American rescue during the Holocaust. The site includes introductory essays, a rich collection of primary sources, and related connection questions. 

Eyes on the Prize Study Guide

This study guide serves as a classroom companion to the acclaimed Eyes on the Prize television series, which explores the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. 

Eyes on the Prize Study Guide provides important primary sources, and guiding questions to help teachers bring the history of the civil rights movement alive,  a rich collection of photographs from throughout the decades, and timelines highlighting key events and dates. 

Fundamental Freedoms: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Surveying Eleanor Roosevelt’s early years and then concentrating on her life-long commitment as an activist, Fundamental Freedoms: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights examines Eleanor’s development into a diplomat and her pivotal role in creating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the aftermath of World War II and the Holocaust. 

This resource includes: 20 primary source documents, a thorough collection of photographs, maps and political cartoons from the era, and a timeline highlighting Eleanor’s biography and accomplishments. 

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