Abstract 6- Volume 4, Number 1, Spring 2009

Social Studies Research and Practice

Volume 4, Number 1, Spring 2009



The Avalon Project: Using Literacy Strategies with Primary Sources on the Internet

Scott Scheuerell
Loras College


Increasingly, high school classrooms have access to the Internet. The Avalon Project Internet webpage enables high school students to access primary sources on a variety of American History topics. Literacy strategies are a promising method to help students organize the information they access when they are reading primary sources online. In particular, graphic organizers help students to make sense out of complex issues presented in primary sources. The author describes how his high school history students used the Avalon Project Internet webpage and graphic organizers to comprehend the primary sources with which they were working. Suggestions are given to help history teachers implement this activity in the classroom. Background information on literacy strategies is provided with specific examples of graphic organizers to help guide teachers who are interested in utilizing the strategy with their students.

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About the Author(s)…

Scott Scheuerell is an Assistant Professor in the Education Division at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, and a former high school social studies teacher. Educational technology in social studies is his primary research focus. He has had articles on educational technology in social studies education published in The History Teacher and Social Education. In addition, he has made several presentations on the integration of technology and social studies at the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) annual conferences. He also enjoys integrating technology in his teacher education courses and collaborates with local schools on projects to integrate technology in social studies.

Contact Information: Loras College, 1450 Alta Vista, Box 248, Dubuque, IA 52001; Phone: (563) 588-7201; Email: scott.scheuerell@loras.edu