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MEDIA ANALYSIS TOOLS or worksheets guide students into deeper analysis of primary sources. View these tools at work in lessons to see how they might be used or adapted to your needs.

Life Histories
Examining a Life History guides students in preliminary reading comprehension of the document. Both lessons in the Living History Project use this tool.

Reading Life Histories in Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? prompts students to make inferences about a life history of a person in the Great Depression.


The Object Observation Worksheet can be used with any object, from an image to a piece of sheet music. Instructions are in The Photographer, the Artist, and Yellowstone Park, a lesson within the unit, Explorations in American Environmental History.


Several forms of the Photograph Analysis tool exist depending on the lesson focus, displaying its versatility and scalability.

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