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Albemarle History Students Use Primary Sources to Better Understand Past

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Albemarle High School students are using primary source materials to understand history Albemarle High School students are using primary source materials to understand history
History teacher Russell Carlock History teacher Russell Carlock
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

A history teacher at Albemarle High School is moving away from using textbooks in class.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute gifted the school primary source materials that students will use in order to gain an inside look into the past.

Students will now learn using first-account records in written narratives, videos, and audio from colonial America to the Civil Rights movement.

History teacher Russell Carlock says the materials allow students to form their own opinions about history.

“When students interact with primary source documents, it allows them to become historians instead of being told what to believe about history as they often are when they read a textbook,” Carlock said. “They can see history as it happened and then develop their own perspectives.”

Albemarle High School received the sources because Carlock was named Virginia's history teacher of the year.

He says having these audio and visual aids is especially beneficial to his English as a second language students.