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  1. Primary Sources

  2. Have you ever…- Read someone’s diary?- Read the newspaper?- Looked at pictures from someone’s vacation?

  3. If you have, then you have used a primary source!

  4. Primary Sources Why would you use them? What are they? What are some examples?

  5. What is a Primary Source? • The original story of an event given by the person who saw it or experienced it. • The story is NOT changed by anyone other than the author. • The story can be told in a diary, a newspaper or in pictures.

  6. Can you think of at least 3 examples of primary sources? • Did you think of … ? • Diaries • Newspapers • Pictures or photographs • Autobiographies

  7. What sources are notprimary sources? • Encyclopedias • Non-fiction books • Remember: Some autobiographies and biographies ARE primary sources! • Fiction books • Comic books

  8. Why would you want to use a primary source? • Information is from a person that was there… • Information accurately reports events…. • Information is from when it happened… • Information has not been changed by someone else…

  9. What did you learn? • What primary source would you read to find out about Anne Frank’s life? • The Diary of Anne Frank

  10. What did you learn? • If you want to learn about the War in Iraq, what primary source would you read? • An article from the newspaper written by a reporter in Iraq

  11. What did you learn? • What primary source would you use to see what an African Lion looks like? • Pictures of an African Lion from a book, website, journal, magazine, etc.

  12. Summary • A primary source is the original story of an event given by the person who saw it or experienced it. • Three examples of primary sources are diaries, newspapers and pictures. • Primary sources use the most accurate information for reporting events.

  13. YOU ARE FINISHED!