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Primary Sources Poster

Free on Plus | 2 pages (PDF)|Grades: 2 - 7

A poster providing the definition and some examples of primary sources.

Primary sources are original materials that are created at a specific time in history. They have not been changed or altered and provide direct or firsthand evidence about an event, person or object.

  • Artifacts: 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 organizations 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.

A version with a white background is also included in the download.

  Common Core Curriculum alignment

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