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Museum Studies -
Primary Source Artifacts

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Nathan McAllister

is currently serving as the Humanities Program Manager - History, Government, and Social Studies with the Kansas State Department of Education and was a former secondary history teacher for over 20 years. He was named the Kansas and National History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History in 2010. Nate serves on the boards of several state and national organizations, including the Kansas Council for History Education, the iCivics National Educators Network, and is the head of the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes Curriculum Committee.

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Lesson Summary:

Students will learn how to analyze primary source artifacts and infer the different usages of historical artifacts. Students will draw conclusions and make inferences based on non-linguistic features.

ISTE Standards:

1.5 Computational Thinker 

1.6 Creative Communicator 

Try One New Thing:

An artifact is an engaging way to teach our students how to study and learn about the past. Select an artifact to share, then guide your students through the inquiry process. Ideas include:

  • School memorabilia

  • An object from the teacher’s past

  • A modern-day object



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