These are the tools and materials developed over the course of the BKBB project to support your teaching of primary sources. Whether your focus is history, English composition, fiction, or another discipline, these materials can help facilitate the kind of critical, historical thinking required for analyzing and drawing conclusions about information from the past--or the present.
One of the central goals of the Building Knowledge and Breaking Barriers project is to “build knowledge” by providing access to Presbyterian Historical Society archival materials for use by educators in their classrooms. On this site, educators and their students have access to source sets containing both primary and secondary sources selected by PHS archivists on topics relevant to many areas of American history. In addition to the sources themselves, many sets include historical context information, source notes, and reading questions to help scaffold a student’s understanding of the content and context of these unique documents.