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Iowa Inquiry Hub

Welcome to the Iowa Inquiry Hub. Here you will find resources to help your practice of teaching with primary sources and inquiry in social studies classrooms. This Hub was made in partnership with the Library of Congress’ Teaching with Primary Sources Grant. Take a look at our other educational resources such as Primary Source SetsRead Iowa History, and Goldie's History Kits to assist in the practice of teaching with inquiry. 

What is Inquiry?

A learning process that engages students by making real-world connections through exploration and high-level questioning. It is an approach to learning that encourages students to engage in problem-solving and experiential learning

What is a Primary Source?

A first-hand, original account, record, or evidence about a person, place, object, or an event

What is a Secondary Source?

Works that analyze, assess or interpret an historical event, era, or phenomenon, generally utilizing primary sources to do so


Instructional Videos

View these instructional videos to learn more about teaching with primary sources, secondary sources, inquiry, and using strategies to teach them in K-12 classrooms.