Lesson  Title
1 Read and Annotate: Stop, think, and react using a variety of strategies to understand
2 Annotate Images: Expand understanding and learning from visuals
3 Build Background to Understand a Primary Source:Read and paraphrase secondary sources to create a context for a topic
4 Read and Analyze a Primary Source: Focus on what you know and ask questions to clarify and explain
5 Compare Perspectives: Explore the different life experiences of historical figures
6 Read Critically: Consider point of view and bias
7 Organize Historical Thinking: Create a question web
8 Read with a Question in Mind: Focus on central ideas
9 Surface Common Themes: Infer the big ideas across several texts
10 Synthesize Information to Argue a Point: Use claim, evidence, and reasoning
These short nonfiction texts were selected using the following criteria:  
Interest/Content Because kids love the quirky and the unexpected, these texts highlight important but often lesser-known or unrecognized perspectives and voices from the past.
Visual literacy Since visual literacy is an essential 21st-century skill, these texts include historical images, paintings, and maps, as well as diagrams, timelines, charts, and photographs.
Writing quality and accuracy To foster student engagement, these articles feature vibrant language in an active voice supported by a rich assortment of visual features.
Reading level/complexity These texts are written at a range of reading levels and include a wide variety of topics to capture the interests of all readers.