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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