Investigating The Past Through Primary and Secondary Sources is a five-day mini-unit for students in grades 8 through 10 addressing the effective use of primary and secondary sources when conducting research. The zip archive includes pdf and modifiable Word versions of the following resources:
1) a 2500-word informational text;
2) a corresponding graphic-organizer-based reading strategy and answer key;
3) a 12-slide Power-Point activity calling upon students to identify excerpts from historical sources as primary or secondary and to justify their determinations;
4) a DBQ activity and answer key to apply and practice primary source interpretation skills described in the informational text;
5) a comprehensive study guide based upon key concepts and skills delivered through the text and related activities, and
6) two 15-item quizzes with answer keys to assess students' understandings and skill proficiencies.
Primary and secondary sources provide students with information to investigate the past, make sense of the present, and plan for the future-- all aims of historical research. Each type of source has a particular role to play in the research process, and each must be used appropriately to find, organize, and analyze information.