Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (*digital images found at loc.gov)
Teaching with Primary Sources Program at Rockford University


Elementary Analysis Tools

These analysis tools were created by Jacki Lutzow, a nationally board-certified third-grade classroom teacher at Marsh Elementary School in Rockford, Illinois. Take a look at the ready-to-use analysis tools she developed for recordings, photos/film, maps and non-fiction text/newspapers.


TPS RU Consultant Lesson Plans

"The R.M.S. Titanic”PDF

    • 5th-8th Grades
    • Subject: Social Studies and Language Arts
    • Submitted by: Pam Miner

"Oral History in the Classroom”PDF

  • High School
  • Subject: Social Studies
  • Submitted by: Nick Stange


"Inferences”PDF

  • 3rd-5th Grades
  • Submitted by: Sue Nickel


Lesson Plans Submitted by Rockford University Students

"George Washington" PDF
Photos PDF
  • 1st Grade
  • Subject: Social Studies
  • Submitted by: Dawn Seipts

"The Most Famous Invention" PDF
  • Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades
  • Subject: Science/Technology/Social Studies
    • Analysis Tool: Paper Airplane
  • Submitted by: Huong Le

"Changes in Time as Seen Through Photographs" PDF
Worksheet PDF
  • Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grades
  • Subject: Social Studies/Language Arts
    • Analysis Tool: Photo Analysis Worksheet
  • Submitted by: Brittany Gorham
  • Grades: 2nd
  • Subject: Social Studies, Language Arts
  • Submitted by: Wendy Comstock
"Voting" PDF
  • 3rd Grade
  • Subject: Language Arts/Math/Social Science
    • Analysis Tool: Interview Worksheet
  • Submitted by: Lora Negrete

"Life on the Prairie Through the Eyes of a Pioneer Child" PDF
  • 3rd and 4th Grades
  • Subject: Social Studies/History/Language Arts
  • Submitted by: Mary McDonald
"1900’s Immigrants” PDF
  • Grades: 3-5th
  • Subject: Social Studies
  • Submitted by: Becky Robinson
"Why do we use quilts?" PDF
  • 4th Grade
  • Subject: Math/Art/Language Arts
  • Submitted by: Sarah Kaplan

"Comparing Native American Culture Across the United States” PDF
  • 4th and 5th Grades
  • Subject: U.S. History/Social Studies
  • Submitted by: Tanya Keenan

"Exploring Maps with Open Eyes” PDF
  • 4th, 5th and 6th Grades
  • Subject: Geography/Social Studies
  • Submitted by: Susan Uram

"Trading Cards: Past and Present" PDF
  • 4th, 5th and 6th Grades
  • Subject: Language Arts/Social Studies
  • Submitted by: Sarah Kaplan
  • 5th Grade
  • Subject: Other/Civics
    • Analysis Tool: Analyzing Photos and Prints Worksheet
  • Submitted by Ashley Carlson, Betsy Dhom
  • Grade: 5th
  • Subject: Social Studies
  • Submitted by: John Elbers II
"Saved by the Dog: Dogs in American History" PDF
  • 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th
  • Subject: U.S. History
  • Submitted by: Mary McDonald

"London Bridge is Falling Down” PDF
  • Grades: 7th
  • Subject: Mathematics
  • Submitted by: Rachel Scanlan

  • 7, 8 and 9th Grade
  • Subject: Science/Math
    • Measurement Analysis
  • Submitted by Ashley Carlson
"Olympics Changes from Past to Present" PDF
  • 6th to 8th Grade
  • Subject: Physical Education
  • Submitted by: Justin Bonne

"The Art of Historical Posters” PDF
  • 6th, 7th and 8th Grades
  • Subject: Language Arts, Communication Skills, U.S. History
  • Submitted by: April Graves
  • 9th and 10th Grade
  • Subject: Art/History
    • Analysis Tool: Analyzing Photos and Prints Worksheet
  • Submitted by Ashley Carlson, Natalie Penix, Sarah Waldron

"Women War Workers" PDF
PowerPoint PDF
  • 11th Grade
  • Subject: U.S. History
    • Analysis Tool: Photo Analysis Worksheet
  • Submitted by: Rob Ullrich

"Interview with a Slave" PDF
  • 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades
  • Subject: U.S. History
  • Submitted by: Kim Allen

"Radioactive Elements"PDF
  • 9th to 12th Grade
  • Subject: Chemistry/History
  • Submitted by: Kelsey Lovgren


"What can Brown do for you?" PDF
PowerPoint PDF
  • 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades
  • Subject: U.S. History/Social Studies/Language Arts
    • Analysis Tool: Reading and Political Cartoon Analysis Worksheets
  • Submitted by: Manny Tang
"World War II: A Social Perspective"PDF
  • 11 and 12th Grade
  • Subject: History
  • Submitted by: Peter Hackman
"Oral History: Keeping the Tradition Alive”PDF
  • Grades: 11-12th
  • Subject: English
  • Submitted by: Amanda Plucker
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*Digital sources for images shown above: Jane Addams, profile (http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/ggb2004000613/), Drafts of Langston Hughes’s poem "Ballad of Booker T.,” 30 May-1 June 1941 (http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mss/mss.home), Chicago (Victor 18946, B-26733/4 ), Children sitting and kneeling on the ground and painting at Hull House (http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.ndlpcoop/ichicdn.n076595), Panoramic view of Rockford, Ill. (http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pan.6a19166), Hull-House community workshop Register now: Free classes in painting, sculpture, pottery, weaving, poster art (http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3f05215), Gardner portrait of Lincoln (http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.rbc/lprbscsm.scsm0793).