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Analyzing Primary Sources Student Checklist

 

 

 

 

1. TYPE OF DOCUMENT (check one) 
 

___ Newspaper ___ Map ___ Advertisement
___ Letter ___ Telegram ___ Congressional record
___ Patent ___ Press release ___ Census report
___ Memorandum ___ Report ___ Other

2. UNIQUE PHYSICAL QUALITIES OF DOCUMENT (check one or more) 
 

___ Interesting letterhead ___ Notations
___ Handwritten ___ “RECEIVED” stamp
___ Typed ___ Other
___ Seals  

3. DATE(S) OF DOCUMENT___________________________________________________

4. AUTHOR (OR CREATOR) __________________________________________________ 

5. AUDIENCE DOCUMENT WAS WRITTEN FOR ___________________________________

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6. DOCUMENT INFORMATION (There are many possible ways to answer A-E.)

    A. List three things the author said that are important. 

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    B. Why was this document written?

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    C. What evidence in the document helps you know why it was written? Quote from the document.  
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    D. List two things the document tells you about life in the United States at the time it was written.

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    E. Write a question to the author that is unanswered by the document.

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