Lesson Plan

Primary Sources vs. Secondary Sources

In this lesson, your students will identify and compare the features found in primary and secondary sources.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify features of primary and secondary sources.


(3 minutes)
Reading Primary SourcesPrimary Sources: Carnegie FamilyHistorical Heroes: Thomas Edison
  • Tell students that today they will be comparing a primary source and a secondary source on the same topic.
  • Ask students to think about what they know or what they can predict about primary and secondary sources. Give them a moment to talk with a seat partner. Encourage students to think about the words "primary" and "secondary" during their discussion.
  • Call on students to share background knowledge and predictions.