A poster highlighting some examples of primary sources.
- Artifacts: Coins, plant specimens, fossils, furniture, tools, clothing, objects from the period being studied.
- Audio recordings: Radio programs
- Interviews: Oral histories, telephone, email.
- Newspaper articles
- Original documents: Birth certificates, wills, marriage certificates, trial transcripts.
- Records of organizations or government agencies: Annual reports, treaties, constitutions, government documents.
- Survey research: Market surveys, public opinion polls.
- Audio recordings: Video programs.
- Works of art, literature and music: Paintings, sculptures, musical scores, buildings, novels, poems.
Common Core Curriculum alignment
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
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.
Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.
Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.
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.
Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.
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...
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