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Primary Sources. Have you ever… - Read someone’s diary? - Read the newspaper? - Looked at pictures from someone’s vacation?. If you have, then you have used a primary source !. Primary Sources. Why would you use them?. What are they?. What are some examples?. What is a Primary Source?.

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

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Primary Sources

Why would you use them?

What are they?

What are some examples?

What is a primary source
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.

Primary sources

Can you think of at least 3 examples of primary sources?

  • Did you think of … ?

    • Diaries

    • Newspapers

    • Pictures or photographs

    • Autobiographies

What sources are not primary sources
What sources are notprimary sources?

  • Encyclopedias

  • Non-fiction books

    • Remember: Some autobiographies and biographies ARE primary sources!

  • Fiction books

  • Comic books

Why would you want to use a primary source
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…

What did you learn
What did you learn?

  • What primary source would you read to find out about Anne Frank’s life?

    • The Diary of

      Anne Frank

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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

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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.


  • 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.