House Records in Your Classroom

Primary Source Analysis

Page from the Primary Source Analysis Worksheet

Analyzing and understanding historical documents is a crucial component of social studies. Whether your students are examining the official records of the House found on Records Search or investigating other historical documents from American history, this worksheet helps guide students through their analysis and organize their thoughts. This primary source analysis graphic organizer can be used in any way you choose, including as a class exercise, student assessment, or homework assignment.

The downloadable PDF below includes a blank worksheet, teaching suggestions, helpful hints, and a completed example. This downloadable PDF can also be found alongside every document on Records Search in the “Teaching Tip” box.

Download a PDF of the Primary Source Analysis Worksheet and Guide

Guide to Related Subjects in Records Search

Finding primary sources to integrate into your lessons is easy using this guide to related subjects in Records Search. Students will be able to explore subjects like “civil rights,” “photographs,” “education,” and “United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865” using House records.

Download this PDF and click on the subject that you’re teaching. The link will open all the documents related to that topic in Records Search. Each primary source can be downloaded and used in the classroom however you choose. This guide will be updated as new records are added to Records Search.

Download a PDF of the Related Subjects in Records Search