Read Iowa History

    Read Iowa History are free and downloadable lessons for K-5 educators that provide easy-to-follow instruction to integrate Primary Source Sets and the Iowa Core Standards for Social Studies and Literacy. The Read Iowa History lessons were developed by the State Historical Society of Iowa and created with a Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) grant from the Library of Congress.

    Read Iowa History utilizes the compelling and one supporting question from the elementary-level Primary Source Sets. Educator materials include:

    • Primary Sources
    • Lessons
    • Worksheets
    • Historical Introduction to the Topic
    • Assessments
    • Vocabulary Lists/Cards
    Educators are welcome to interpret the lessons created in Read Iowa History and apply them as best applicable to their classroom. These lessons also can be applied to other supporting questions from the Primary Source Sets or with the use of other primary sources not featured in Read Iowa History. Additional Read Iowa History lessons will be forthcoming with lessons available for each of the K-5 Primary Source Sets.