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Primary Source Lesson Plans

Primary Source Lesson Plans

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Primary Sources and Research – 4
th
Grade
Students’ research will use the History Detective Form to examine artifacts and primarysource documents, making observations about them and generalizing about what theymight mean. And how they might be used by historians. The primary source documentsare authentic and come from the life of Elizabeth K. Steen, anthropologist and explorer whose life is largely forgotten (this in itself is a good history lesson—about how historyis written and the odd quirks that influence what is recorded for future generations). Thislesson takes two 50 minute long sessions to accomplish
Standards Addressed4
th
Grade State Standards 4
th
Grade Information Literacy StandardsObjectives
1.Students will recognize primary sources and secondary sources and be able to describe the difference.2.Students will experience how historians conduct their research.3.Students will have the opportunity to learn collaboratively fromtheir peers as they examine primary sources items in teams.4.Students will select one primary source and one secondary sourceto use in their own slide show teaching other students the difference between primary and secondary sources.5.Students will produce a three slide powerpoint presentation aboutwhat they know about primary and secondary sources with illustrations of the two. Using the template.
Materials and Resources
 1.Letters, artifacts, old photographs, newspaper articles, postcards,and other items which offer clues to about Elizabeth k. Steen’s life.2.Secondary resources for comparison purposes.3.White gloves for the junior archivists to touch the aged documents.-- explain4.Students come equipped with worksheets and pencils5.Graphic resources provided on the web for students to select fromfor their slide presentations. Including a template for PowerPoint.
Procedures:
Students will assemble as
the Media Specialist begins the overview PowerPoint
 Primary Sources
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and describes the housekeeping aspects of the lesson.Embedded in this lesson is a film from the National Parks Service – DownMobile Way from 1935 which the Media Specialist will use to work through thePrimary/Secondary Resource Inquiry Form as an example of how it should be

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