Watch the Primary vs. Secondary Sources video This link opens in a new window below as a class.
Your instructor will pass out the "Reflecting on Your Primary Source In-Class Worksheet." (Available for download below if required for accessibility) Write brief answers to the questions about the individual primary source you are researching from your team's Primary Source Collection. You will use this reflection to help you locate both another primary source related to your Collection topic and secondary sources related to your Collection's primary source. (Primary Source Collections This link opens in a new window are also available by clicking on the tab in the left margin of this LibGuide)
These two primary sources below offer perspectives on slavery in the United States.
Using Google - Let's search for another primary source about slaves on plantations.
Here are some helpful tips to modify your initial Google search:
This assignment is designed to demonstrate your understanding of what we have learned about primary sources.
Share highlights of your team's new information learned from the new primary sources each person found.
Today you will be evaluating the primary source you found for homework using the questions on an in-class activity sheet. (Available for download below if required for accessibility) Before you dive in, let's model evaluating a primary source together. We will use the painting shown below by Junius Brutus Stearns from 1851 that we discussed in prior classes.
Scan this QR code and read the article on the website about this painting:
Let's try out some of the questions you will attempt to answer about your primary source using the painting of George Washington's plantation:
Think back to the first time we saw this painting in our class. Some thought it was a depiction of the cruelties of slavery. Some recognized the paternalism.
Your instructor will pass out the "Evaluating a Primary Source In-Class Activity" sheet. (Available for download below if required for accessibility) Independently answer the four questions focusing on the new primary source you found about your topic.
How do we "evaluate" a primary source? We actually "analyze" the context of when, who, and why the source was created as best we can discover.
Discuss these questions as a class: