Primary Source Analysis Tools: Observe, Reflect, Question





PDF Writeable Primary Source Analysis Tool for Students


Greetings from TPSNVA (Teaching with Primary Sources, Northern Virginia),

If you've taken one of our workshops or courses, you have probably used the Primary Source Analysis Tool, a simple but powerful approach to analyzing primary sources. The following are customized versions of the Teachers Guide that you may find useful, as well as these suggestions:

  • Choose at least two or three primary sources that support the learning objectives and are accessible to students.
  • Consider how students can compare these items to other primary and secondary sources.
  • Identify an analysis tool or guiding questions that students will use to analyze the primary sources

Analyzing Primary Sources 

Analyzing Sound Recordings

Analyzing Prints and Photographs

Analzying Motion Pictures

Analyzing Books and Other Printed Texts