This is a quick, fun assessment tool that you can use at the end of an introductory lesson on primary and secondary sources. Cut apart the source cards and give a set to each pair. Have students work together to sort the cards by putting all the examples of primary sources together and all of the examples of secondary sources together. There are 29 cards in the set.
In my class, I use the following definitions:
-Primary source: a document or physical object that was written or created by someone who was present during the historical event or era
-Secondary source: a document that was created by someone who was NOT present during the historical event or era; it was created after the fact and may use primary sources