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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)