Primary source is a term used to describe source material that isclosest to the person, information, period, or idea being studied. Primary sources are great resources for researching, creating projects, writing prompts and sparking discussions. Many primary source materials are available in the public domain through the Library of Congress and other online sites.
• PRIMARY SOURCES •
Critical ThinkingProblem SolvingCommunicationCollaborationCreativity & Innovation
, [ca. 1914]. Sears, Roebuck andCo. Rare Book, Manuscript, and SpecialCollections Library, Duke University.
Examining primary sources givesstudents a powerful sense of history and the complexity of thepast. Helping students analyzeprimary sources can also guidethem toward
criticalthinking and analysis
Promote student inquiry and assesshow students apply critical thinking and analysis skills to primarysources.
What was happening during this time period?• What was the creator’spurpose in making this primarysource?• What does the creator do toget his or her point across?• What was this primary source’saudience?• What biases or stereotypes do you see?• Ask for reasons and speciﬁcevidence to support conclusions.• Identify questions for furtherinvestigation.•Develop strategies foranswering questions.
From: Library of Congress @http://www.loc.gov/teachers/usingprimarysources/