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Activity Overview

For this activity, students will be introduced to primary and secondary sources. Students will create a T-chart that separates primary and secondary sources by three defining aspects. The three aspects for this activity are the date of creation, strengths of using that type of source, and the drawbacks/negatives of using that type of source. This activity will allow students to demonstrate their understanding of the key components by describing these features while creating visual representations for each reason.

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Extension Activity

The extension activity for this lesson will require students to determine whether they believe primary or secondary sources are the stronger option for historians to use when studying the past. Students should create a spider map that describes and visualizes their top three reasons to support their claim. Students should share their thesis with the class and defend their claims against opposing students’ opinions.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a T Chart defining three major aspects of primary and secondary sources: Date of Creation, Strengths, and Drawbacks/Negatives of using them.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In one column, describe the Date of Creation, the Strengths of using it, and the Negatives/Drawbacks of using it for primary sources.
  3. In the other column, do the same for secondary sources.
  4. Create an illustration using appropriate images, characters, and scenes.
  5. Save and exit when you're done.

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