How do you make sense of contrasting accounts of historical events? What makes one source more reliable than another? How does corroborating information across sources help confirm or discredit historical accounts? In this lesson, students engage in such questions as they evaluate and compare different types of primary source documents with different perspectives on working conditions in English textile factories at the beginning of the 19th century.

Image: Illustration of Steelworks at Barrow-in-Furness made in 1877 or earlier. From the Wikimedia Commons.


Excellent Prezi, thanks for sharing!
We are practicing for the SBAC, so I made this into a digital assignment in the form of a Prezi. Check it out! I changed it a bit, so feel free to make a copy of this prezi and adapt it yourself!
In my classes with lower level readers, we "acted out" the interviews, which engaged the students as we analyzed each of the documents. Another great lesson from SHEG!
Great lesson! This lesson differentiates really well and my students were engaging in deep levels of historical thinking. It helped to have the Historical Thinking posters in my room to refer to as I asked them to source and corroborate.
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