Historical Sources, Evidence, and Credibility


This lesson plan will teach students to think like a historian and to differentiate between primary and secondary sources.

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This lesson will teach you all about different types of historical evidence and how they can be used to explain past events. You’ll learn how to compare different types of evidence and determine which sources are credible for use in reporting historical events accurately. You’ll also learn about the different audiences and purposes for which certain kinds of historical sources were generated. By the end of this course, you’ll have a better understanding of how history is reported and interpreted, and you’ll be able to use that knowledge to form your own interpretations of past events.

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3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade


Social Studies

State Educational Standards

NCSS.D2.HIS.9.3 – 5, NCSS.D2.HIS.10.3 – 5, NCSS.D2.HIS.13.3 – 5