Primary and Secondary Sources


ELAR-Grade-7 Inquiry & Research Primary and Secondary Sources
Students learn to differentiate between primary and secondary sources. Next they evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of each type of source. Then they conduct a search to identify primary and secondary sources for a given topic. Finally they use the sources they found to write a short informative piece.

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Overview

In this experience, students learn to differentiate between primary and secondary sources. Next they evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of each type of source. Then they conduct a search to identify primary and secondary sources for a given topic. Finally they use the sources they found to write a short informative piece.

Students will collaborate in small groups for scene 3 and scene 4.

Objective

  • Distinguish between primary and secondary sources.

Duration

One class period.


When historians do research, they look at many different sources to learn about an event or time period. Some of the sources come from that time period and others were written later about the time period. In this experience, you will learn about these different types of sources.

Objective

  • Distinguish between primary and secondary sources.


Cartoon of baseball bat with detective’s magnifying glass

Imagine you are a sportswriter assigned to cover a famous baseball player. The player is known for helping out in his community and donating money to local causes. You get an anonymous tip that the player’s charity is returning most of the player’s donations back to him. The sources says the charity is paying the player generous appearance and speaking fees.

How could you research the truth of this anonymous claim?


Post at least one step you could take to find out whether the anonymous claims about the player are true.

Post your answer

Lead a discussion about the responses. Point out that charities must file financial statements showing where they spend their money. Those statements would be an ideal source of information. Interviews with charity workers would be useful, but the workers may not know or may want to hide what’s going on. Anonymous sources have the lowest credibility, and credibility counts the most when assessing research sources.


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