What would you find in a soldiers traveling haversack? A ladies pocket bag? A Native American's traveling bag? Or even among an enslaved person's unique items? Using facsimiles as an activity kit, teachers can combine copies of primary source materials and replicas of items commonly carried by various types of people during the period of the American Revolution. Teachers can create a hands-on, small-group based exploration learning experience. Each of the items in the separate traveling kits forms the basis for a topic-based activity. Each kit is accompanied by laminated cards that contain primary source materials and questions based on the provided readings. Schools within the state can request the loan of the traveling kits by contacting the Morristown division of cultural resources at 973-539-2016 x204, or x215.
For even more information relating to the use of primary materials in the classroom, please click on the link provided to view the list of books maintained by the division of cultural resources for teachers to utilize on site or to borrow.