Guidelines Toolkit

The Guidelines Toolkit brings together a number of guides, how-tos, and templates to provide a bridge between the Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy and classroom use. Librarians new to the classroom and veterans assimilating the Guidelines into their teaching practice will find useful tips, evidence-based best practices, and adaptable, ready-to-use rubrics and handouts. Tips for rolling out the guidelines at your institution will help librarians introduce faculty and other teaching partners to these concepts and learning outcomes.

Rolling out the Guidelines

  • Reading Group on the Guidelines

    Reading Group on the Guidelines
    Discussion Questions for reading the Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy at your home institution. Summary The Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy were developed by a joint SAA-RBMS task force. The document begins with an introduction to the reasons why educators ...
  • Rolling Out the Guidelines

    Rolling Out the Guidelines
    Tips for rolling out the Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy at your home institution. Host a reading group ‒ Invite members of your department or institution to read the Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy and facilitate a discussion for how everyone ...

Tools for Educators

  • Mapping the Guidelines

    Mapping the Guidelines
    A Sample Scope and Sequence for the Primary Source Literacy Guidelines Introduction The Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy provide a key set of competencies and related learning objectives for students working with primary sources. With 22 learning objectives ...
  • Lesson Planning Step-by-Step

    Lesson Planning Step-by-Step
    This post outlines in brief the process for planning a lesson using principles of backward design and gradual release of responsibility, two widely accepted instructional approaches. Goal conversation. What do you want the students to be able to do? Talk ...
  • A Lesson Plan Template

    A Lesson Plan Template
    ABOUT THIS TOOL: This template is designed to encourage instructors to plan instructional sessions that derive from their instructional objectives, also known as “backward design.” An example lesson follows the template. From: Wiggins, Grant and McTighe, Jay. 2005. Understanding by Design. ...

Assessment

  • Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy Rubric

    Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy Rubric
    Assessment of Learning Objectives The Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy present broad learning objectives which are intended to “be used as a whole or in part depending on particular learning needs and larger programmatic goals, and may be ...
  • Designing an Assessment Rubric Step-by-Step

    Step 1: Lesson Objective Identify the key elements of a successful student performance.Describe how a student would successfully complete the process or product related to the lesson objective. It may help to complete the performance yourself or create a concrete ...
  • Introduction to Assessment

    What will assessment do for me? Assessment allows you to measure if and how your students are learning. It also allows you to evaluate how well your instruction methods are working. What types of assessment are available to me? Educators break assessment ...

Teaching with Culturally-Sensitive Content

    Ethically Teaching Primary Sources that Reflect Histories of Violence, Hate, and Oppression — COMING SOON