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Primary Sources Poster (Version 2)

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A poster highlighting some examples of primary sources.

  • Artefacts: Coins, plant specimens, fossils, furniture, tools, clothing, objects from the period being studied.
  • Audio recordings: Radio programs
  • Diaries
  • Interviews: Oral histories, telephone, email.
  • Letters
  • Newspaper articles
  • Original documents: Birth certificates, wills, marriage certificates, trial transcripts.
  • Photographs
  • Records of organisations or government agencies: Annual reports, treaties, constitutions, government documents.
  • Speeches
  • Survey research: Market surveys, public opinion polls.
  • Audio recordings: Video programs.
  • Works of art, literature and music: Paintings, sculptures, musical scores, buildings, novels, poems.

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Common Core State Standards alignment

Grade 3 > English Language Arts Standards > Writing > Research to Build and Present Knowledge > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.8
Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.

Grade 4 > English Language Arts Standards > Writing > Research to Build and Present Knowledge > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.8
Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; take notes and categorize information, and provide a list of sources.

Grade 6 > English Language Arts Standards > Writing > Research to Build and Present Knowledge > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.7
Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.

Grade 6 > English Language Arts Standards > Writing > Research to Build and Present Knowledge > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.8
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources; assess the credibility of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and providing basic bibliographic information for sources.

Grade 6 > English Language Arts Standards > History/Social Studies > Key Ideas and Details > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.1
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.

Grade 6 > English Language Arts Standards > History/Social Studies > Key Ideas and Details > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.2
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

Grade 6 > English Language Arts Standards > History/Social Studies > Integration of Knowledge and Ideas > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.9
Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.


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