Analyzing the Validity and Accuracy of Primary Sources Worksheet
Analyzing the Validity and Accuracy of Primary Sources

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

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