Beyond Common Core: “Using Primary Sources to Promote Critical Thinking”


Screen Shot 2014-04-24 at 1.06.24 PMThe Medal of Honor Character Development Program allows students to use critical thinking skills as they explore primary sources. In the Lesson of Personal Bravery and Self-Sacrifice community’s most recent webinar, specific and reproducible examples were given on how students can analyze complex academic language, identify tone and purpose of primary sources, and increase their ability to use primary sources in evidence based writing.  This webinar was part of a series of webinars on the free Character Development program developed by the Medal of Honor Foundation with 50 lessons aligned to Common Core standards. Webinar attendees received details on how to access the full free Character Development Program, available online and on DVD, that includes over 50 lesson plans and 100 video vignettes on the character traits of courage, integrity, sacrifice, commitment, citizenship, and patriotism, based on the Medal of Honor Recipients’ stories.

Join the Lessons of Personal Bravery and Self-Sacrifice community on and take a quiz to receive a CE Certificate for viewing this webinar.  Past webinars and CE quizzes are located in the Resource Library under Web 2.0 Tools.

Lessons of Personal Bravery and Self-Sacrifice is a professional learning community, hosted by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation that highlights a free character education program that includes lesson plans, video vignettes, webinars and primary source documents for secondary school teachers to use in the classroom as examples of courage, integrity, and good citizenship.  The program is built on the premise that all people have within them the capacity for extraordinary bravery and selfless service.  This program is sponsored by Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.

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