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Historical Narratives:. Accounts of real-life historical experiences Written either by: A person who experienced those events A person who studied or observed the events Two categories: Primary Secondary. Primary Source:.

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historical narratives
Historical Narratives:
  • Accounts of real-life historical experiences
  • Written either by:
    • A person who experienced those events
    • A person who studied or observed the events
  • Two categories:
    • Primary
    • Secondary
primary source
Primary Source:
  • Materials written by people who were participants in or observers of the events written about
    • Examples: letters, diaries, journals, speeches, autobiographies, interviews
primary source reading strategies
Primary Source: Reading Strategies
  • Determine the document’s origin
  • Try to understand the perspective and motives of the writer
    • (Where was he/she coming from? What was he/she trying to accomplish?)
  • Note sensory details about people, places, and events
  • Identify customs, values, conditions of culture or time period
    • (Remember the creation myths)
secondary source
Secondary Source:
  • Record of events written by people who were not directly involved.
    • Examples: biographies, histories
slave narratives
Slave Narratives:
  • The life stories of people who survived slavery
    • Portrays the culture shock of a newly captured African
    • Focuses criticism on slave traders, not slave owners
    • Includes religious and moral appeals against slavery
descriptive details used in slave narratives
Descriptive Details used in Slave Narratives:
  • Sensory details: appeal to the five senses
  • Descriptions of personal reactions
  • Anecdotes: brief stories that support points (examples)
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