Understanding and Using Primary and Secondary Sources in History

Grade Range: 6-8
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Primary Sources
Duration: 90 minutes
Date Posted: 11/19/2008

Learning to use primary and secondary sources correctly takes practice. In this classroom activity, students will understand the difference between primary and secondary sources. After class discussion and a written assignment based on primary sources, students will also be able to explain the importance and limitations of using primary sources for historical research. This activity is included in the online exhibition entitled The Star-Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem.