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Using Primary Sources - Teachers. Primary sources are the raw materials of history — original documents and objects which were created at the time under study.

Using Primary Sources - Teachers

They are different from secondary sources, accounts or interpretations of events created by someone without firsthand experience. Examining primary sources gives students a powerful sense of history and the complexity of the past. Helping students analyze primary sources can also guide them toward higher-order thinking and better critical thinking and analysis skills. Before you begin: National Archives Experience. NYPL Digital Collections.

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