Part 1: Primary and Secondary Sources
Look at the list below.
PRIMARY SOURCES SECONDARY SOURCES Diary or Journal Encyclopedia Audio or Visual Recording Biography Letter Newspaper Article Photograph Movie or Book Review Trancript of interview or speech Public television documentary Map Essay College Diploma Social Studies Textbook Census Records Birth Certificate First-hand newspaper account
- With your classmates, consider the following questions:
- What do the items in each list have in common?
- What is the difference between the two lists?
- What kinds of information do primary sources provide?
- What are the benefits of both primary and secondary resources?
- What are the challenges of using both primary and secondary resources?
- Which type of resource do you use most often? Why?
- Can you think of other resources to add to the list?