Primary Sources

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Primary Sources

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This is to be used as an introduction to primary sources.
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  1. Primary sourcedocuments

    Slide 1 - Primary sourcedocuments

  2. What is a Primary source document?

    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:
    • Diaries
    • Family documents (wills)
    • Letters
    • Photographs and other images
    • Movie clips
    • Newspaper articles
    • Speeches
    • Poems
    • Interviews – on paper and audio recordings
    • And more…
  3. Does the primary source have to be the original?

    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
  4. Questions to Think About when Looking at a Primary source:

    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?
  5. What do You think?Are tHese Primary Sources?

    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