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