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Gale Brings Smithsonian Treasures to Middle and High School Classrooms

Posted Sep 22, 2016
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National and state curriculum standards require primary sources to be incorporated into history classes, but material is often scattered and time-consuming for educators to gather. With the launch of Smithsonian Primary Sources in U.S. History, Gale brings together 1,800 digital primary sources, including documents, maps, historical objects and more from the museums and archives of the Smithsonian, as well as from Gale’s own collections. These curated materials help libraries provide a one-stop resource to save educators’ time while satisfying curriculum requirements and enhancing the study of U.S. history.

Designed for daily use by both teachers and students, Smithsonian Primary Sources in U.S. History supports core and Advanced Placement U.S. history programs. Primary source images are curated by scholars at the Smithsonian – experts who have a unique knowledge of U.S. history and can link students to artifacts that enrich their learning. Content is aligned to curriculum by Gale’s expert editorial staff, who have crafted new and unique overviews, quick facts, and critical thinking questions to accompany each artifact.

Gale’s user-tested platform for Smithsonian Primary Sources in U.S. History is integrated with Google Apps for Education tools and Microsoft Office 365. From their Gale resources, users can login using their Google or Microsoft account and save, share, and download content (including bookmarks and their personal highlights and notes) to Microsoft OneDrive or Google Drive, Docs, and Gmail. With Google Classroom, teachers can also easily integrate and share content with their students for classroom assignments.

For more information on Gale’s Smithsonian Primary Sources in U.S. History, visit

Source: Cengage Learning/Gale, or

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