Primary Source Documents - Activities and Worksheets

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Apples and Bananas Education
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This packet helps elementary teachers introduce primary source documents, and distinguish the difference between primary and secondary source documents for their students. It teaches students what primary source documents are and how they are used. It also helps to bridge language arts and social studies/science activities. **This product now contains a digital format in addition to a printable (PDF format), perfect for distance learning or paperless classrooms.

Packet includes:

  • Digital Guide
  • Student Directions for Digital Use
  • Definitions and Examples
  • Primary Source Document Poster
  • Secondary Source Document Poster
  • Primary Source Document Question Cards (for discussion or group activities)
  • Blank Venn Diagram Comparing Primary and Secondary Source Documents w/key
  • Cut and Paste activity w/key
  • Worksheet -Analyzing a Primary Source Document
  • Worksheet -Analyzing a Secondary Source Document
  • Worksheet - Is it a Primary or a Secondary Source Document
  • Worksheet - Primary Sources (Photographs and Prints)
  • Worksheet - Primary Sources (Books and Printed Text)
  • Worksheet - Primary Sources (Maps)
  • Project - Create Your Own "Mock" Primary Sources to Document an Important Event in History"

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Compare and contrast a firsthand and secondhand account of the same event or topic; describe the differences in focus and the information provided.
Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.
Compare and contrast one author’s presentation of events with that of another (e.g., a memoir written by and a biography on the same person).


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