The purpose of this activity is to determine what a primary source is and what a secondary source is, as well providing examples of each. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhXdX XVJL68https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhXdX XVJL68 is a great introduction to primary and secondary sources!
What is a primary source? A primary source is a document written during the time under study or any physical object which was created during this time. Usually these sources were present during an experience or time period and offer insight into a particular event.
Types of Primary Sources Original Documents: those capturing exact words or accounts of people, events, places, or times. Creative Works: usually different forms of art, such as poetry, music, and paintings. Relics or Artifacts: these are pieces of physical evidence that give historians some insight into the past. Primary Sources can be classified into more than one of each category.
Examples of Primary Sources Letters Diaries Autobiographies Interview Court records Propaganda posters and ads Newspaper articles Maps Clothing Novels Poetry Plays Music Just about anything from the timeframe in question!
What is a Secondary Source? A secondary source analyzes, describes, and tries to make sense of primary sources. These may have pictures, quotes, or graphics of primary sources.
Examples of Secondary Sources Textbooks Magazine articles Journal articles Critical reviews Commentaries Encyclopedias Books about a time period or event Articles or books that analyze primary sources
Assignment We will now go to the computer lab and visit a site that further discusses primary vs. secondary sources. The second page will take you to sites that are on the topic on 9/11