On-demand Webinar

Empowering Students with Primary Sources​

Rebecca Jo Plant
Professor, Editor of Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000​,
University of California, San Diego​
Cayla Regas​
Student Researcher​
University of California, San Diego​
Samantha Lubrano​
Product Manager
ProQuest, Part of Clarivate
Jodi Johnson​
Product Marketing Manager
ProQuest, Part of Clarivate

How can primary sources be leveraged to promote student engagement?

Watch this video for an inspiring disucussion where historian and professor Rebecca Jo Plant and student researcher Cayla Regas shed light on the importance of primary sources in studying women’s history and social movements in the United States. Despite her major in Psychology, Cayla’s journey proves the interdisciplinary transformative impact of primary sources as she took a Civil War class with Rebecca Plant, immersing herself in the authentic voices of Northern women during that era, to create a document project published in Women and Social Movements in the United States: ‘Do not toss this letter away’: Women’s Hardship Petitions to the U.S. Federal Government during the Civil War.

Throughout the session, we’ll explore how document projects are a tool to engage students and how primary sources bring history to life, fostering active learning and critical thinking. Cayla will share her personal connection to historical figures through the women’s letters, showcasing the power of primary sources in understanding the past.

We’ll cover key topics including:

  1. The significance of primary sources
  2. Document projects as innovative strategies for primary source integration into teaching and learning
  3. Inspiring advocacy by bridging the gap between historical and contemporary social issues
  4. Practical approaches for leveraging primary sources to promote student engagement and foster connections.