SOAPS Primary Source "Think" Sheet

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Planning on using primary source materials? Introduce your class members to SOAPS, a worksheet that models how to analyze and reflect on primary source materials. Readers name the document, identify the subject (S), the occasion (O), audience (A), purpose (P), and the speaker (S). Questions are included for each element and learners include evidence from the source to support their conclusions. The perfect tool for analyzing written documents.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Introduce and model the process during the first week of class
  • Especially useful for AP DBQ practice

  • The provided questions focus readers' attention on important details

  • The template would need to be edited to remove class-specific references