Teacher's Guide to State Centennial Resources

Celebrating New Mexico Statehood is making primary source materials about New Mexico available online for research. Today's students tend to expect easy access to answers on the web. They need to learn how to recognize reliable, quality web content and how to use it in their research. Celebrating New Mexico Statehood offers primary resources from libraries, archives and museums around the state. We hope that students will use this website to discover historical sources about New Mexico and use them to develop their critical thinking skills and interpretations of historical events.

We offer some lesson plans as a starting place for teachers and their students to begin exploring primary research on New Mexico history and the struggle for statehood.

New Mexico topics for History Day 2012

Sample Lesson Plans:

Debate: Arguing For and Against Statehood

Governor Larrazolo and the Quest For Statehood

Persuasive/Argumentative Writing Assignment


About Primary Sources:

Using Primary Sources (Library of Congress)

Primary Source Village (University of Illinois)

Citing Online Primary Sources

How to Search for Newspaper Pages in Chronicling America (Ohio Historical Society)

Selected New Mexico History Resources: