How are primary sources used in teaching history courses?

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History courses in Newton rely on a range of historical primary sources, such as letters, articles, books, and visuals from the time period being studied, to illustrate the perspectives that existed in the past and to promote student understanding of the voices of the past. Some primary source material, including historical and contemporary opinion pieces, are used to illustrate different points of view on controversial events and concepts, and is always supported by rich classroom discussion and reflection to promote critical thought regarding each source and perspective.  The inclusion of these documents is not used to advocate for those perspectives or ideas; rather, the content of each document is used in class to allow students to understand different points of views and develop their own perspectives on key historical ideas.