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This is to be used as an introduction to primary sources.
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Slide 1 - Primary sourcedocuments
Slide 2 - What is a Primary source document?
- First person accounts recorded at the time of the event
- The source can be any of the following:
- Family documents (wills)
- Photographs and other images
- Movie clips
- Newspaper articles
- Interviews – on paper and audio recordings
- And more…
Slide 3 - Does the primary source have to be the original?
- No. It can be presented in another format, but it cannot be edited or changed in any way. For example:
- The Gettysburg Address can be found in many places, but it is still considered a primary source.
- The speech President Ronald Reagan gave when the Challenger exploded is a primary source, but again it can be retyped as long as it is transcribed word for word.
- A photograph of a painting and not the actual painting
Slide 4 - Questions to Think About when Looking at a Primary source:
- Who wrote this?
- When was it written?
- Why was it written?
- Who was it written for? Who was the audience?
Slide 5 - What do You think?Are tHese Primary Sources?
- A newspaper article about the Civil War dated 1865
- A box of letters written by a soldier from World War II
- A story in the Orlando Sentinel about the Seminole Indians
- My grandmother’s birth certificate
- A story written by a classmate about George Washington
- A poster that shows when Barack Obama came to campaign in Orlando
- An original painting by Michelangelo
- A recording of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech I Have a Dream
- An essay about what was found in Abraham Lincoln’s pocket the night he died