Learning Goal: Students will understand the differences between Primary and Secondary sources.
Task 1: Mindwalk
Bringing it all together for Civics...
Your summer evidence is a primary source. If someone a hundred years from now looked over your evidence, they could try and figure out how you lived, and what culture was like, during the summer of 2015.
I used the image to the left in class to give you an example of summer evidence of my own from a few years ago. To the left is a museum display that I visited in Jamestown, Virginia. We discussed that the weapons and armor in the exhibit are primary source artifacts from the 1600's. Historians studied them to understand what kinds of technology were available and to help describe the relationship between the Natives and European explorers. However, the drawings of the Native Americans and the European explorers in the background are secondary sources because they weren't drawn during the 1600s by someone who experienced it firsthand.
In this class, we will study a variety of written documents, videos, photographs, political cartoons and maps in order to learn about Civics and Government.
Your textbook in this class (image to the left) is an example of a secondary source. It was written by historians, political scientists, and educators. In order to write the textbook, these scholars study primary sources to get the information they need. Other examples of secondary sources include news and magazine articles, encyclopedia entries (like Wikipedia online), non-fiction books about history, movies/television that portray a time period that it wasn't filmed in, etc...pretty much anything that is an interpretation of the past but doesn't offer an inside perspective from that time period.
In class, we'll read a variety of articles, play games on websites like iCivcs, and watch short videos that serve as secondary sources to learn about Civics and Government.