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
The Library of Congress provides a great collection of exercises for guiding students to analyze a variety of primary source types, such as motion pictures, political cartoons, newspapers, oral histories, sound recordings, maps, and photographs/prints.