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Firsthand vs Secondhand

Lesson for 4th grade, discussing the Dust Bowl

Rachel Boucher

on 28 August 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?
Obtained by, coming from, or being direct
personal observation or experience

Example: a firsthand account of the war
Not directly known or experienced

Example: secondhand ideas
Fictional Writing
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.
Firsthand and Secondhand Accounts
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.

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 comparing a firsthand and secondhand account of Elizabeth Blackwell's graduation from Geneva College.
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