Primary and Secondary Sources Teacher Resources
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What are Primary Sources: The Civil War Ends
Fourth graders examine primary sources about the Civil War. In this Civil War activity, 4th graders look at images related to the Civil War then sort and label them into groups. They create an ABC book project about Virginia history.
4th Social Studies & History 5 Views 10 Downloads
Primary and Secondary Sources
Show your class the difference between primary sources and secondary sources. The first page provides a list of examples of each type of source. While they research, pupils can refer back to the list quickly to make sure they are reading the type of source they mean to be.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History 34 Views 33 Downloads
Confino Primary Source Activity Lesson Plan
Students examine methods of accounting for historical events. In this local history lesson, students use primary sources to explore the story of a tenement house family in New York. Students discuss the sources they encounter as they piece together their local history.
3rd - 6th Social Studies & History 3 Views 6 Downloads
Understanding and Using Primary and Secondary Sources in History
Explore primary and secondary sources in this historical analysis lesson. Young researchers define the terms primary source and secondary source. They read a primary source document provided by the teacher and answer questions about the information contained in the article.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History 39 Views 343 Downloads
Communities in Crisis Lesson 1: Primary Source? What is That?
Distinguish between primary and secondary source documents using the theme of philanthropy. Middle schoolers discuss Anne Frank: The Diary of Young Girl as a way to study the past using a primary source. Then they investigate how to leave accurate records for others to explore in the future.
5th - 10th Language Arts 9 Views 150 Downloads
Blue Ridge Parkway Primary Source Analysis
First person accounts, while a gold mine of historical information, are biased. Model for your classes how to uncover the bias in these primary source documents and how to use multiple documents to gather a more complete picture of events. High-tech and low-tech options are available for collecting information gathered by class groups who examine primary source documents written by persons affected by the construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
6th - 8th Language Arts 4 Views 8 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Understanding Primary and Secondary Sources
Students identify legends in Tennessee and U.S. history, and differentiate between primary and secondary sources. They list examples of primary and secondary sources, participate in a field trip to the Country Music Hall of Fame, and identify primary and secondary sources at the museum.
4th - 6th Social Studies & History 16 Views 61 Downloads
Primary Source? What is That?
Research history and human rights using primary sources. After defining primary and secondary sources, young researchers work in groups to study both types of sources. They define types of societies represented in The Diary of Anne Frank and examples of altruism in the source.
6th - 8th Language Arts 14 Views 111 Downloads
Primary Source? What is That?
High schoolers examine the use of primary sources. They read and discuss excerpts from the "Diary of Anne Frank," write journal entries, identify examples of altruism from the book, write an essay, and complete a worksheet.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 5 Views 8 Downloads
Activity 10: Primary and Secondary Sources
Students sort documents into primary and secondary sources and analyze their reliability. In this history research lesson, the teacher gathers a selection of document images, then discusses primary and secondary sources and their benefits.
7th - Higher Ed Social Studies & History 20 Views 89 Downloads
Social Studies: Primary and Secondary Sources
Students assess the information contained in primary and secondary sources and discuss the differences between them. They examine the diary of a World War I soldier with a textbook account to determine the validity of each. As a learning game, teams of students draw short descriptions of sources and determine if they are primary or secondary source types.
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History 5 Views 16 Downloads
The Mystery of History-Original Sources
Students research the events surrounding the Alamo in 1863, and explore the differences between primary and secondary sources of information. They brainstorm lists of items used to research a subject and categorize them as primary or secondary sources.
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History 3 Views 23 Downloads
Fourth graders distinguish between primary and secondary sources while creating an underground railroad presentation. In this underground railroad lesson, 4th graders research the underground railroad using copies of primary and secondary documents.
4th Social Studies & History 3 Views 10 Downloads
What’s It All Have to Do with Me? Using Local History to Connect Students to National Events
Students examine methods of accounting for historical events. In this local history lesson plan, students use primary and secondary sources to explore the ties between Essex County in Massachusetts and the California Gold Rush of the 1840's.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 3 Views 8 Downloads
Civil War 3-D Photography: Photography as a Primary Source
Seventh graders explore photographs as a primary source. In this social studies lesson plan, 7th graders describe what they see in historical photographs. Students utilize primary sources to study a historic event.
7th Social Studies & History 3 Views 6 Downloads
Slave Narratives: Constructing U.S. History Through Analyzing Primary Sources
Students research narratives from the Federal Writers' Project and describe the lives of former slaves in the U.S. In this slave narratives lesson, students interpret primary source oral history documents and summarize narrative of former slaves.
11th - Higher Ed Language Arts 13 Views 21 Downloads
Youth Perspectives as Primary Sources
High schoolers examine primary sources. In this primary source lesson, students explore the impact of personal experience and perspective as they read assigned articles and share their impressions of the article with others in a blogging activity.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 0 Downloads
Analyzing Primary Sources
The challenge of analyzing primary sources is addressed by a detailed plan from Inspiration Software. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” is used to model how the primary source analysis template can aid in creating an analysis of documents.
Pre-K - 12th Language Arts 22 Views 54 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Inspiration: Analyzing Primary Sources
Primary sources provide historians glimpses into the past; organize findings visually using this lesson demonstrating the educational program, Inspiration. While this lesson is useful independently, it is intended to guide learners through the program.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 20 Views 44 Downloads CCSS: Designed