SAHA in the classroom

This series of booklets was developed for Grade 12 learners and teachers to support the practical implementation of a source-based study of South African history from 1976 - 1994. Many teachers are inadequately trained in using sources to study history in the classroom and there is only a limited range of sources relating to this period in South Africa's history in most current textbooks.

The SAHA in the Classroom booklets are intended to fill this gap by presenting learners with a broad range of primary sources from SAHA collections and encouraging the critical analysis of key aspects of this period of history. Each source booklet focuses on a different phase or topic from this period and provides background information, reproductions of primary sources and accompanying questions following the format prescribed by the Department of Education, thus preparing learners for the source-based National History Examination.

There is a booklet for teachers to accompany each source booklet, with suggested answers to the questions in the related source booklets and advice for educators on how to use the sources in a classroom. The source-based activities are linked to the Learning Outcomes (LO) and Assessment Standards (AS) of the History curriculum. Tips on how to analyse different kinds of sources, how to deal with issues of bias, reliability and usefulness, are included, as well as how to analyse visual materials such as photographs and cartoons. The educator will then be able to pass these skills on to their learners.

The SAHA in the Classroom booklets are used in SAHA workshops with educators on using primary sources in the classroom. PDFs of the booklets are also available as free downloads from this website, see below:

The SAHA in the Classroom series was developed with the financial support of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.