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Primary or Secondary Sources


Distinguish between primary (i.e., letters, interviews, diaries, newspapers) and secondary (i.e., reference books, periodicals, Internet, biographies) sources. SPI 0601.4.4

Links verified on 6/11/2014

  1. American Slave Narratives - first-hand accounts of former slaves' experiences on plantations, in cities, and on small farms.
  2. Characteristics of primary and secondary resources - lesson and exercise [This expired page is from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine.]
  3. Distinguishing Scholarly From Non-Scholarly Periodicals: - a checklist of criteria
  4. A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessonsDocument Analysis Worksheets - You may find these worksheets useful as you introduce students to various documents
  5. How to Evaluate Web Resources - a visual guide to evaluating sources on the web
  6. Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project - This site contains secondary documents written about Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as primary documents written during King's life.
  7. Primary Source Documents - over two dozen links to primary source documents on the web
  8. Primary Sources on the Web - list of web sites containing primary source materials
  9. Primary Source & Archived Collections Projects - projects use �real-time' data from government and commercial databases
  10. Primary and Secondary Sources - Primary sources such as letters, diaries, photographs, maps and artifacts provide students with authentic materials from the past. By looking closely for details, students can draw conclusions about the items and formulate their own hypotheses about the time period(s) during which they were created
  11. Using primary sources in your research - tutorial with quiz This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessons site for teachers | A PowerPoint show related to this standard PowerPoint show | An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format Acrobat document | A Microsoft Word document to be downloaded Word document | This interactive site would work well on an interactive whiteboard whiteboard resource | This resource includes voice instructions for students sound | A video is available through this link video format | This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data interactive lesson | This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding a quiz | A lesson plan can be found at this site lesson plan | This link includes something for the teacher to print to print

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