9/15/16 – Primary Sources – Maps


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

I Can:

  • Categorize sources
  • Interpret primary and secondary sources

Day in Review:

Today we continued our investigation on the use of primary sources.  Our activity involves looking at a packet of eight maps and attempting to read and understand the maps.  Using the packet of maps students will select the five they wish to analyze and fill out their comparing maps worksheet.  Students will find many of these maps difficult to read as they are used to seeing maps that are accurate, with very legible labels, and oriented with the top of the map being North.  Following the activity we discussed some maps that were picked and what was easy and what was challenging about reading the map.  We also had a discussion about the point of view of the cartographers who made these maps and tried to determine why they may be oriented in different directions or with different locations centered on the map.  This links us back to the idea of text, context, and subtext that we discussed in notes on Tuesday.

Assignments and Resources:

Analyzing primary sources activity will have us looking at maps from the 600s to the 1500s.  Students will attempt to determine what location the map shows, identify landmasses and countries, areas that look in accurate when compared to modern maps, and what accurate aspects the map shows. Resources needed are:


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