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English Composition II Archival Searching for Instructors: Ideas for Archives Activities/Assignments

The links provided below will give you a variety of ideas for classroom activities or assignments using archival materials. While some of these activities are designed for in-person, hands-on visits to an archive, or for a K-12 audience, they can be easily adapted for digital materials and a college level classroom.

Special Tools from the US National Archives. See especially the DocsTeach and Document Analysis Worksheets sections.

Classroom materials from the Library of Congress, using materials from their collections. See especially the Lesson Plans and Presentations and Activities sections.

Exercises from, a project created by the Brooklyn Historical Society.