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Historian's Sources

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This lesson introduces students to primary sources -- what they are, their great variety, and how they can be analyzed. The lesson begins with an activity that helps students understand the historical record. Students then learn techniques for analyzing primary sources. Finally, students apply these techniques to analyze documents about slavery in the United States.

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Student Lesson

1. What Are Primary Sources?

1a. Mindwalk Activity

2. Analysis of Primary Sources

3. Types of Primary Sources

4. Primary Source Set

5. Discussion

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