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This recipe illustrates how active-learning techniques can be applied to first-year English composition classes. Exploring the theme of identity, materials are selected to engage students and encourage discussion. Using speed dating as the method of interaction, students dissect each item, focusing on the physical nature of the resource as well as the content. By emphasizing active-learning applications and employing them in the classes, the sessions require students to interact with the materials instead of merely viewing the resources as “objects.” The librarian’s role is to emphasize exploration and discovery, which allows students to become more comfortable with primary sources and the research process. This exercise highlights how librarians can teach thematic issues, provide valuable learning experiences, and become an integral part of the educational process.

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The Teaching with Primary Sources Cookbook

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