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Keywords: Colonial Times, Primary and Secondary Sources
Subject(s): Social Studies, History
Grades 5 through 6
School: Erath Middle School, Erath, LA
Planned By: DeEtte Bigot
Original Author: DeEtte Bigot, Erath
Primary and Secondary Documents for Colonial Times

24. Use both a primary and secondary source to describe key events or issues in early American history (H-1A-M4)

1.Introduce Primary and Secondary Documents to the students through a PowerPoint, flip chart, etc.

2. Discuss the difference between the two sources.

3. Now the students and teacher will work on creating a class list of what are primary and secondary sources. (a t chart can be used)

4. Make a class list of information that would be considered a primary source

d.Maps at that time
e.Newspaper articles written at the time of the event
f.Secondary source (textbook, biography).

5.Students should look over for primary sources for Colonial America using links given or bookmarked by the teacher.

6.Students will open MS Word Template on Primary and Secondary Documents and complete it on the computer. They will type in the gray area. The teacher will assess the document for a grade. See Colonial Time Template listed below.

7. Optional: The students can write a paragraph stating the differences between primary and secondary sources.
Students will type in the gray area. Then save the document on the computer for the teacher to view. The students can print a copy as well.
Links: Student Template (Student will download and type in gray area)
Primary and Seondary Links
Constitution Primary Sources
Smithsonian Source
Early America
Materials: Projectors, Short Throw Projectors, Printers