If you can get students to understand by using wacky topics, it makes it easier for them to understand the difference between primary and secondary sources when studying history.
Directions: Using a coin, you are going to practice primary and secondary sources by writing examples of each source type on this paper. As you will see, you are given an actual topic to write about each time. Once you flip your coin, you will get to see whether or not you will be writing about the topic as if it were a primary or a secondary source. This means you may have to pretend that you are the actual primary source! If your coin lands on heads, then you must write about the topic as if it were from a primary source. If your coin lands on tails, then you must write about the topic as if it were from a secondary source. When you write about each topic, please make sure that you write at least three sentences! Three sentences for each topic should allow me to truly see whether or not you understand primary and secondary sources.