Analyzing a Primary Source
This exercise can be used to assist students with considering a primary source through several lenses: physical description, author/creator, audience, message/opinion, connection to research, and researcher bias. This can be adjusted for synchronous online classes with students working in small groups with a digital object or as an asynchronous assignment in Moodle.
- Interpret and evaluate primary sources
- Identify questions specific primary sources can help or not help to answer
- Identify questions for further investigation/analysis
- Describe own potential bias as a researcher when interpreting specific sources