Analyzing the Validity & Accuracy of Primary Sources: George Washington @ Constitutional Convention
Analyzing the Validity and Accuracy of Primary Sources: George Washington at the Constitutional Convention
- James Madison, Debated in the Federal Convention of 1787

Directions: Primary sources are written or made by people who were at a historical event, either as observers or participants. Primary sources include journals, diaries, letters, speeches, newspaper articles, autobiographies, wills, deeds, and financial records

Here is how you do it:
1. Look at the source line to learn about the document and its author. Consider the reliability of the information in the document

2. Skim the document to get an idea of what it is about

3. Use active reading strategies. As you read, ask yourself questions, review the sequence of events, and make predictions on the outcome of these events.

4. As you read, look for the main idea. Remember that supporting details or arguments will back up this idea

5. Use context clues to help you understand unfamiliar words

6. Before re-reading the document, skim the questions. Previewing the questions will help focus your reading

1. Why might James Madison’s description of the 1787 Convention be considered reliable?
a. He was familier with Philadelphia, where the convention took place
b. He was an eye witness to the events
c. He had served as the nation’s fourth president
d. He was well known for his efficient note taking

2. It is MOST likely that Madison took notes on the Convention’s proceedings because he…
a. Was a British spy
b. Thought it important to record what happened there for future generations
c. Had an unreliable memory
d. Thought delegates to the Convention might not tell the truth about what had actually happened there
3. What type of primary source is this?

4. What is the main point made by Madison

Adapted from: Littell, McDougal. World History Patterns of Interaction. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.
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