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Primary source

Written during the time you are studying


If youre studying the civil war, any document written during the civil war is a
primary source
Primary sources tend to be accounts
Accounts; a first-hand report of something that happened
Secondary source
Is something written after the time youre studying
An analysis on the civil war written in the 1980s is a secondary source
Secondary sources tend to be opinions
Opinion; a judgement that may not have a basis in fact

Fictionalized account
A story that sounds like an first-hand account, but is actually an opinion

Comparing and contrasting


Look at the two ways in which two texts are the same or different from each other.
The frame of reference is the topic of comparison.
Including all ideas related to that topic.

Relationships and conclusions


Identify the relationship and draw a conclusion
Drawing a conclusion means taking all the elements you’ve discovered and
combining them into a statement.
There are five types of relationships youre likely to see
Extending - Correcting - Supporting -Contradicting - Complicating

Extending
When one text builds on the info to given in another text.
If you read the first-hand account of apollo 13 astronaut,
James Lovell, your knowledge would be ​extended​ by also
reading about the historical context of the apollo 13
mission.

Correcting
When one text amends, repairs, or replaces information in another
text.

Supporting
When one text reinforces the clalims made in another text.

Contradicting
When one text argues against claims made in another text or
provides opposing information.

Complicating
When one text gives concrete information that confuses or
complicates the claims of another text.