Primary and Secondary Sources Mini Lesson, Notes & Activities for Middle School

Primary and Secondary Sources Mini Lesson, Notes & Activities for Middle School
Primary and Secondary Sources Mini Lesson, Notes & Activities for Middle School
Primary and Secondary Sources Mini Lesson, Notes & Activities for Middle School
Primary and Secondary Sources Mini Lesson, Notes & Activities for Middle School
Primary and Secondary Sources Mini Lesson, Notes & Activities for Middle School
Primary and Secondary Sources Mini Lesson, Notes & Activities for Middle School
Primary and Secondary Sources Mini Lesson, Notes & Activities for Middle School
Primary and Secondary Sources Mini Lesson, Notes & Activities for Middle School
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This is a lesson that I used in my middle school classroom to introduce and learn the importance of primary and secondary sources.

Included in the Download:

1. Google Slides presentation with notes on Primary and Secondary Sources:

Notes cover: Definition and examples of primary and secondary sources, why they are important, investigation questions to ask when analyzing sources, and the definition of bias.

2. 2 Whole Class Activities:

Activity 1: Venn diagram where students sort different sources into the correct bubble (printable for students and interactive google slide included)

Activity 2: Power write that allows students to reflect on the importance of each type of source.

3. 6 Quest Activités:

Quests are designed to have students further explore primary and secondary sources in a group setting while you act as a facilitator.

  • Quest 1: Determining the source listed is a primary or secondary source

  • Quest 2: Brainstorming different sources they could use if they were writing a paper about the Civil War. After they make a list, students will write about the potential impact the sources will have on their paper.

  • Quest 3: Exploring what Bias means and how it could be reflected in primary sources

  • Quest 4: Listing potential pros and cons for different types of primary sources (advertisements, documents, and news sources)

  • Quest 5 & 6: Investigation questions that guide students in analyzing primary and secondary sources related to a topic you're studying.

This lesson is designed to be a jumping off point for a deeper dive into primary and secondary sources.

All listed items are PDF downloads

Link to Google Slides is included in the instructions.

Total Pages
21 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
2 days
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