Curriculum

Are all historical sources equally trustworthy?  How might the reliability of a historical document be affected by the circumstances under which it was created? In this activity, students sharpen their ability to source documents and learn to think critically about what sources provide the best evidence to answer historical questions.










Image: An engraving of the Declaration of Independence by John Binns, 1818. From the Library of Congress.

Comments:

This is a great way to introduce primary sources.
This activity allowed for excellent conversations. The kids really enjoyed it, even though they knew nothing about any of the events.
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