Last year a Helena High School teacher asked me to come to her sophomore English class to talk to her students about the differences between (and various strengths and weaknesses of) primary and secondary sources. This was part of a larger project that involved having her student write a research paper on the Baker massacre using both primary and secondary sources after reading the James Welch novel Fools Crow.
Given the Common Core’s emphasis on primary sources, I thought some of you might find this presentation useful so I’ve posted it here. Feel free to use or modify as you see fit. Explanatory notes are in the “notes” field.
P.S. Because I created this for the Fools Crow project I described in a recent post, you’ll notice Fools Crow is one of the sources I use in the raucous game of “Primary or Secondary”? It’s a trick question. As a work of fiction, Fools Crow is neither a primary or secondary source.
P.P.S. If you in Helena for the Best Practices in Indian Education for All conference, make sure to stop by our booth and say hello and/or sneak up to the Society and check out our new exhibits: “An Artist's Journey: The Life and Works of E. S. Paxson,” “And the Bride Wore: Montana Weddings, 1900-1960” and “Dora’s Laundry.”