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Analyzing Primary Sources with Past Tense Verbs

Students will analyze census data from Sojourner Truth and Walt Disney using past tense verbs and sentence frames. It can be used on its own or as support to the lesson Researching the Past Using Primary Sources.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Researching the Past Using Primary Sources lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to analyze primary sources and answer questions about those sources.

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Students will be able to analyze a primary source with past tense verbs using sentence frames.

Introduction

(4 minutes)
Understanding Primary SourcesTeach Background Knowledge TemplateWrite Student-Facing Language Objectives ReferenceAnalyzing a CensusVocabulary Cards: Analyzing Primary Sources with Past Tense VerbsGlossary: Analyzing Primary Sources with Past Tense Verbs
  • Tell students that people who study history often use primary sources to help them learn about the past.
  • Show students the vocabulary card for primary sources and read the definition aloud.
  • Explain to students that today they will be focusing on one type of primary source called a census.
  • Show students the vocabulary card for census and read the definition aloud.
  • Tell students that today they will be looking closely at different censuses and analyzing the information they provide.