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1 Primary and Secondary Sources

2 Primary Source Is a document or physical object which was written during the time period being studied. These sources were present during an experience or time period and offer an inside view of a particular event. Primary sources include: ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS (excerpts or translations acceptable): Diaries, speeches, manuscripts, letters, interviews, news film footage, autobiographies, official records  CREATIVE WORKS: Poetry, drama, novels, music, art  RELICS OR ARTIFACTS: Pottery, furniture, clothing, buildings

3 Examples of Primary Sources
Diary of Anne Frank - Experiences of a Jewish family during WWII  The Constitution of Canada - Canadian History  A journal article reporting NEW research or findings  Weavings and pottery - Native American history  Plato's Republic - Women in Ancient Greece 

4 Secondary Source A secondary source interprets and analyzes primary sources. Secondary sources include: PUBLICATIONS: Textbooks, magazine articles, histories, criticisms, commentaries, encyclopedias .

5 Examples of Secondary Sources
A journal/magazine article which interprets or reviews previous findings  A history textbook  A book about the effects of WWI 

6 Primary or Secondary? World History Textbook
The U.S Declaration of Independence An encyclopedia article Photos Newspaper articles reporting on stories from that day Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech “I Have a Dream” Article about Martin Luther King Jr. written in People magazine in 1994. The Magna Carta

7 In this assignment you will be responding to a primary source of your choice from the French Revolution. 1st- Decide who you are in response to the document (Peasant, Middle Class, King or Queen, Clergy, etc.) Document or Constitution: Create a letter in response to the document. Talk about things that you like or don’t like within the document. Mention some of the things that you would change to make the document better. Letter: Write a response as if you are living in this time period. Ideas to mention: Your thoughts on the Revolution

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