Primary Sources

Ms Panagakos, Using Primary Souces in History

Wait. Stop. Don't tell me what it is. Tell me what you see. Why? Because I'm the teacher and I've told you too. Not good enough? How about it'll be more fun if we look at all the different elements of the picture.

This is a ...

Primary Source!

What is a primary source?

Primary sources are the raw materials of history — original documents and objects which were created at the time under study. They are different from secondary sources, accounts or interpretations of events created by someone without firsthand experience.


Okay? So what if it's a primary source?

Fair enough. I mean, if this is a primary source there must be secondary sources as well. Is one better than the other? Well, no. But when you read a secondary source you are reading what someone else thought was important. What they thought was important may not be important to you.

So check out the button below and the video and answer the questions below that!

Questions - Primary and Secondary Sources

Answer all questions in your own words. Everything needed is linked to this tackk.

1. What is a primary source?

2. What is a secondary source?

3. What are the five steps to anaylsing primary sources? (List the steps + anything you need to remember them.)

4. What should you be aware of when deciding if something is a primary source?

Excellent! Let's Check out the Photo

Create a table like the one we below. Remember those five steps you listed in your answer for question number 3.

Made your table? Awesome. Let's scroll down to the photo again. Look at it.

Here is what I saw. Did you have the same list? A different list? That's totally fine! If I only told you what I saw and didn't let you see the picture, think of what you could have missed!

Confident that you could do this too?

Awesome fantastic. Now you are going to do the same thing! Click the button below and select ANY of the images listed.

1. Pick a picture and print it off. (Don't have print credits? Ask a friend to print it for you.)

2. Fill in the chart below - you may make it by hand or re-create it in a word processor. Find 5 to 6 points each for "what I see" and "what I can learn." Fill in as many questions as you have (at least 3).

3. Hand in your completed chart and your printed photo to your teacher.

Now... check out this secondary source

I mean, you have to be wondering what the picture at the top of the tackk really is, right?