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Primary vs Secondary sources
Transcript of Primary vs Secondary sources
Analyzing primary and secondary sources
In the year 4,000 someone wants to learn about the life of a teenager from 2014
How could they find out what a teenager's life was like?
What sorts of things could tell someone about your life?
Things created after the time of the event (usually by historians).
1. Primary sources- Things created at the time of the event.
2. Secondary sources- Things created after the time of the event.
3. Afrocentric: Emphasizes African culture and their achievements
4. Eurocentric: Emphasizes European culture and their achievements
Historians use primary sources as clues to learn about the past
The views of historians:
*Notes or letters
Common primary sources that historians use:
Artifact: Something a human created for a certain purpose (ex. a tool)
*Artifacts in the tombs
How are they primary sources?
Examples of primary sources from ancient Egypt
Because they were created during the time of ancient Egypt.
The Egyptians left these things behind.
Historians use it as evidence to understand what happened during this time.
These are interpretations of the clues.
Examples of secondary sources:
*Reconstructions of things
How do you determine which is primary and which is secondary?
Why are these secondary?
They were not written during ancient Egypt.
Many were written recently.
They are historians' writing about ancient Egypt.
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Activity - 25 minutes
When finished: Answer Post- Activity Questions
1. What is the difference between a primary and secondary source?
2. How do you determine if it is a primary or secondary source?
3. Give 3 examples of a primary source from your life:
4. Give3 examples of a secondary source from your life:
5. Why is it important for you to analyze primary sources?