Yesterday, we started our HISTORICAL SCENE INVESTIGATION to evaluate historical sources throughout history. 10 items were placed at 10 stations. Students worked in teams to examine and analyze each source using their PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SOURCES cheat sheet (refer to WHY HISTORY MATTERS slideshow). We also conducted an in class partner activity to relate Primary and Secondary Sources to our own lives  (refer to the WHY HISTORY MATTERS slideshow).
A primary source is an original source from a specific period in time. Examples include artifacts like clothing, art, pottery, furniture, etc., documentaries, letters, diary entries, newspapers, speeches, poetry, music lyrics, etc. A secondary source is at least 1 step removed from a primary source. Secondary sources analyze and interpret primary sources. Examples include biographies, history textbooks, movies based on historical events, etc.

View the video below to review primary and secondary sources and how they are used in research.

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  1. Hi Ms. D in social studies when were learning about primary and secondary it helped me realized that everything has to be either primary or secondary

  2. This lesson is really helpful, now i know that not everything is a primary source! LOVE SOCIAL STUDIES!!!!!

  3. What we learned in class today was pretty fun. It was a good way for me to understand the concept on how things develope over time like rock and roll, and the history of the stone aged women to now. Its a pretty big diffrence from that time period.

  4. i was looking around my house and since i have the John Locke things, i thought, “some of these things are primary.”

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