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Analyzing Primary Sources Introduction Activity

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5th - 11th, Homeschool
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Analyzing Primary Sources Introduction Activity

Use this activity to teach students the basic skills and practices for analyzing primary sources in a Social Studies class. This guide helps students to identify primary sources, investigate them for content, and apply questions about the source for bias or integrity.


Student Reading on Primary Sources and Analysis

Student Handouts

5 Primary Sources for Analysis Practice

Wrap-Up Questions to overview the activity with the whole class

This would be an excellent Back to School activity to help introduce the skill or review it from the summer break!

An answer key is not included since individual student answers will (and should) vary.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.
Integrate quantitative or technical analysis (e.g., charts, research data) with qualitative analysis in print or digital text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social studies.
Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.


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