As history and government teachers, we all want our students to be able to read primary and secondary sources. Some students struggle with reading long passages that take up more than one page. If primary and secondary sources look overwhelming, some students often quit before they start.
Consider shortening primary and secondary
sources to one page. A one page reading can look and feel easier to
tackle. Students can still analyze these sources, even when they are
Remember to choose a font and size that is easy to read for your students. You may want to bold or underline difficult vocabulary words or phrases within the passage. Some students may need extra time to define certain vocabulary. Consider jotting short definitions in the margins for quick references.