The Bedford Digital Collections contains resources for you and your students. In this tutorial, we'll take a detailed look at both types separately. Let's begin with student resources. Click here to go to the landing page of the Bedford Digital Collections for Native American History.
What resources are available for my students?
From the Bedford Digital Collections home page, click on one of the document projects. You'll see a list of project elements available to your students. We'll now take a closer look at each.
Each project begins with a learning objective to help students focus on the central questions they should be able to answer after reading or viewing the documents in the project.
The Historical Background page offers historical context for the primary sources as well as a timeline so students can see a chronology of major events relating to the project topic.
Each project in the Bedford Digital Collections contains 5-7 primary sources centered on a single topic. The projects include both written and visual sources; facsimiles of the original documents are shown where available. Document-specific short-answer questions follow each source.
You can hold your students accountable for reading the primary documents by assigning the multiple-choice quiz in each document project unit. The quizzes are auto-graded and report to a gradebook within the Bedford Digital Collections.
Short-answer Project Questions follow the multiple-choice quiz and ask students to analyze the key concepts in the documents, address the strengths and weaknesses of different source types, and demonstrate how the documents fit in with the political, social, and cultural events of the time in which they were created. The central question from the top of the project unit is also repeated here.
Suggestions for additional assignments accompany each document project, including online research projects, short paper assignments, visual presentations, and creative writing exercises.
Additional Sources for Research
Each project ends with a short bibliography of suggested sources for additional research.
What resources are available for instructors?
Rubric for Grading Essay-Based Assignments
Visible to both students and instructors, the Rubric for Grading Essay-Based Assignments identifies basic criteria for writing an effective historical essay and provides a numbered tier system for evaluating the quality of students’ work. You can access the rubric in the Resources menu.