1. Consider the following:
Primary sources are documents--diaries, letters, drawings, and memoirs--created by those who participated in or witnessed the events of the past. They tell us something that even the best-written article or book cannot convey because primary sources expose the reader to important historical concepts. Reading primary sources allows the reader to develop:
- an awareness that all written history reflects an author's interpretation of past events; and
a connection directly to the lives of people in the past.
3. Choose a minimum of three (3) primary sources.
4. Review all three (3) primary sources.
5. Prepare a report about all three (3) primary sources that includes:
- title of each primary source
- author of each primary source
- date of each primary source
- type of primary source: such as a diary, letter, drawing, or memoir
- 3-5 sentence summary: answers "what is the primary source about?"
- 3-5 sentence historical analysis: answers what does the source tell about the history it represents?
- 3-5 sentence reflection: answers how did the primary source affect you? what connections are you able to make with the people of the past?
5. Upload your report as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf file to the submission.
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