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1 Eval Ev W H

  1. 1. Class Notes 1:3 Evaluating Evidence Modern World History, by Dan McDowell. Teaching Point, ©2004
  2. 2. Creating a historical account <ul><li>Historians must take the historical record and develop an understanding of the event </li></ul><ul><li>They utilize both primary and secondary resources </li></ul><ul><li>Through careful comparison, analysis, and evaluation of the evidence, the historian creates an accurate portrayal of the event </li></ul>
  3. 4. Primary Resources <ul><li>Materials written or created during the period under investigation </li></ul><ul><li>Without these resources, writing history would be impossible </li></ul><ul><li>Examples include art, music, laws, letters, speeches, etc. </li></ul>
  4. 5. Secondary Resources <ul><li>Accounts of the past written by historians who use primary resources as evidence </li></ul><ul><li>Examples include textbooks, lectures, essays, reviews, etc. </li></ul>
  5. 6. Evaluation <ul><li>Primary and secondary sources must be critically examined: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>o Is the author qualified to write on the subject? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>o Is the author biased? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>o Did the author actually witness the event? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Especially important today with the Internet! </li></ul>
  6. 7. What types of resources are the following? <ul><li>A 1960’s protest song on the radio </li></ul><ul><li> Your teacher telling you about WWI </li></ul><ul><li>A diary entry by a child who lived during the Holocaust </li></ul>

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