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Inquiry Modules

Powered by historical material and compelling documentary footage, these film-based inquiry modules are designed to enhance learning on a variety of topics. Students practice historical thinking to examine various sources that spark students’ curiosity and build students’ content knowledge.

Teachers can guide students in grades 6-10 to use the RISE Analysis Tool and the RISE Analysis Guide to apply reflection, inquiry, and self-awareness while building empathy by actively using primary sources. The RISE Analysis Tool, developed by Barat Education Foundation and DePaul University with funding from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Program, provides the process of engagement to examine equity and civic action.

As a result of engaging with these resources, students will:

  • Apply strategies for analyzing primary sources to gain insights from the past, make connections to the present, and generate questions for further investigation
  • Identify elements of emotion and cognition that influence thoughts and beliefs
  • Reflect on the historical impact and significance of Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass related to their own lives and social change