During our 2020 Virtual Summer Institute, participating teachers developed activities for primary source work using the SOAPSTone method. Each presentation from invited scholars was accompanied by an assigned primary source which small groups of teachers would asynchronously analyze and then, using Google docs, produce worksheets explaining the wider context and a close reading of the document. This was meant to mimic in-class activities that may be conducted virtually during the year. What we have developed here is a resource for teachers who may want to employ this methodology in their own virtual classroom for different topics related to topics of pandemics and epidemics in the Middle East and Latin America. We have provided here links to videos by the invited guests, copies of the primary source that was assigned to that presentation, and examples of completed SOAPSTone worksheets as compiled by our teachers this summer. You will also find a blank copy of the worksheet below for use in your classroom.
What is a "SOAPSTone"?
SOAPSTone (Speaker, Occasion, Audience, Purpose, Subject, Tone) is an acronym for a series of questions to guide students through textual analysis. The questions encourage close reading, critical thinking, and discussion.