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Understanding Primary Sources
1. Compare primary and secondary sources on the same topic.
2. Choose an autobiography of someone related to the course content. Find secondary sources that deal with an idea or event described in the autobiography.
3. Have students locate primary sources related to their birth date, for example a one newspaper headline of a major event, one quotation, one biography, one census figure, one top musical number, one campus event, etc. Use a minimum of six different sources. Write a short annotation of each source and include the complete bibliographic citation. [adapted from University of Puget Sound]
4. Write a family history using an actual interview, birth/death/marriage notices, census data, and newspapers. [adapted from Concordia Library]