PRIMARY SOURCES: FINDING AND USING IN LESSONS Curriculum Development Instruction July 19, 2010
What is a Primary Source? <ul><li>Sources written, created, used or owned by people who lived in a specific time period. <...
Identifying a Primary Source <ul><li>From the specific time period </li></ul><ul><li>In its entirety, unaltered </li></ul>...
Examples of Primary Sources <ul><li>Commonly Used Primary Sources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Newspaper articles </li></ul></ul>...
Benefits of Using Primary Sources <ul><li>Students learn to identify primary sources </li></ul><ul><li>Students learn to r...
Introducing Primary Sources <ul><li>Start with an activity, early in the school year, to familiarize students with primary...
Role of Primary Sources in Lesson Plans <ul><li>Provide content </li></ul><ul><li>Provide context </li></ul><ul><li>Offer ...
Lesson Plan Tactics <ul><li>Use documents with human interest </li></ul>
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  1. 1. PRIMARY SOURCES: FINDING AND USING IN LESSONS Curriculum Development Instruction July 19, 2010
  2. 2. What is a Primary Source? <ul><li>Sources written, created, used or owned by people who lived in a specific time period. </li></ul><ul><li>Source material that is closest to the person or period being studied. </li></ul><ul><li>First-hand accounts of events and experiences, both public and personal. </li></ul><ul><li>A more narrow definition… </li></ul><ul><li>An original record created at the time a historical event occurred. (Does not include first-hand accounts created later) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Identifying a Primary Source <ul><li>From the specific time period </li></ul><ul><li>In its entirety, unaltered </li></ul><ul><li>Photos: Interpretive </li></ul><ul><li>Reflections by a witness </li></ul><ul><li>Filtered through another source </li></ul><ul><li>Individual quotes </li></ul><ul><li>Photos: Illustrative </li></ul><ul><li>Reflections by someone outside of the event </li></ul><ul><li>Primary </li></ul><ul><li>Secondary </li></ul>
  4. 4. Examples of Primary Sources <ul><li>Commonly Used Primary Sources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Newspaper articles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Government documents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Photographs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Second-tier Primary Sources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Advertisements/propaganda </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Letters/diaries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Memoirs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interviews/oral histories </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Benefits of Using Primary Sources <ul><li>Students learn to identify primary sources </li></ul><ul><li>Students learn to read and understand sources from another time </li></ul><ul><li>Students learn to compare and contrast different viewpoints </li></ul><ul><li>Students gain a personal connection to the time period </li></ul><ul><li>Students learn to analyze information using comparisons of primary and secondary sources </li></ul><ul><li>Students learn to recognize similar sources in their own time, reflect on the way people record information now </li></ul>
  6. 6. Introducing Primary Sources <ul><li>Start with an activity, early in the school year, to familiarize students with primary sources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose 5-10 sources from the same time period. Have students, in groups or individually, examine the sources and identify their characteristics. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose a source that relates to a page in a textbook. Have students compare the information presented. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Examine the effect of technology on primary sources. Start with non-written sources, move to hand-written, to printed, to electronic, to show change over time. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Role of Primary Sources in Lesson Plans <ul><li>Provide content </li></ul><ul><li>Provide context </li></ul><ul><li>Offer varied viewpoints </li></ul><ul><li>Hone analytical skills </li></ul><ul><li>Launch investigations </li></ul>
  8. 8. Lesson Plan Tactics <ul><li>Use documents with human interest </li></ul>

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