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Applying the SOAPS Method of Analyzing Historical Documents

Young historians use the SOAPS (Speaker, Occasion, Audience, Purpose, Subject) method of questioning to determine the historical value of primary source documents. The third in a series of five lessons that model for learners how historians use primary source documents to explain events.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Ask class members to consider how the same events my be seen from a non Anglo Texan perspective
Classroom Considerations

  • The lessons in the series are designed to be presented in order

  • All the documents in the five-lesson series are primary sources related to Mary Maverick

  • None
Common Core

Included Materials

  • Editable Version