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Firsthand vs Secondhand

Lesson for 4th grade, discussing the Dust Bowl
by Dallas Oran on 19 March 2013

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Transcript of Firsthand vs Secondhand

We will compare and contrast a firsthand and secondhand account of the same event: The Dust Bowl Firsthand and Secondhand Firsthand and secondhand can sometimes be
similar. Newspaper articles can give factual
accounts of an event, but we have to ask
ourselves, was the author there?
Did the author witness this event? Firsthand Obtained by, coming from, or being direct
personal observation or experience

Example: a firsthand account of the war Firsthand Photos Firsthand Letters Secondhand Received from or through an intermediary :
borrowed or derivative

Example: secondhand ideas Secondhand Fictional Writing Secondhand Text Books -True story, told by someone there
in their own words.
-An original document. -Based on someone else's experiences.
-Wasn't really there. Movies Diaries You will write a paragraph about a firsthand account of an event that happened in your life.

You will write a paragraph about a secondhand account (a story you heard, something you saw on the news, something you weren't there for). Technology Integrated Lesson Plan Common Core Standard, Grade 4:
Compare and contrast a firsthand and secondhand account of the same event or topic; describe the differences in focus and the information provided. b. Create original works
as a means of personal
or group expression 1. Creativity and Innovation Today:
brainstorm an event
map it out
write your rough draft Tomorrow:
continue rough drafts
begin peer editing
make revisions The Next Day:
finish peer editing
finish revisions
publish Assessment The students may create thinking maps on paper, but the rest of the project should be completed in a google doc. This will allow students to work on the assignment whenever they can, it will automatically save, and it will allow the teacher to monitor progress and give feedback. The students will publish their writing by printing out their final draft, approved by the teacher, and then add any illustrations. This lesson should introduce the concepts of firsthand and secondhand by using examples related to the Dust Bowl. By creating the two accounts, the students will be able to explore the concepts and create authentic learning. The students will apply the understanding of firsthand and secondhand accounts by composing a firsthand and second hand paragraph.
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