9/14/16 – Primary Source Analysis


  • Do Now
  • Good News
  • Primary Sources Activity
  • Wrap Up

I Can:

  • Categorize sources
  • Interpret primary and secondary sources
  • Synthesize multiple sources to analyze a historical event

Day in Review:

Today we continued our investigation on the use of primary sources.  Today’s activity involved reading two primary and two secondary sources regarding the slave rebellion led by Nat Turner in 1831.  Students read the four sources document and while reading filled out their sources reading guide by identifying adjectives used to describe the events, identifying an important quote from the source, and summarizing the source by using one term describe the position of the writer (for clarification see the instructions).

Once students have completed the reading portion of the activity they will then create a historical marker to describe Nat Turner’s slave revolt.  A historical marker is found at the site of a historical event and briefly describes the event that took place.  Wikipedia provides a brief overview of what a historical marker is if you need further details.  Below you will find a picture of the actual Nat Turner historical marker.

Assignments and Resources:

Nat Turner Slave Marker will be turned in and evaluated for the ability to interpret primary and secondary sources.  Resources needed are:



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