About This Chapter
Standard: Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.1)
About This Chapter
Students who meet this standard will be able to tell the difference between primary and secondary sources, evaluate a source's credibility, and support claims made about a text with adequate details. To help them reach these objectives, consider using this chapter's video lessons and quizzes on the following:
- Characteristics of primary sources
- Examples of secondary sources
- Steps involved in historical interpretation
- Criteria for evaluating source materials
- Methods for drawing inferences
- Components of an evaluative essay
- Parts of an argument
After students master these lessons, they'll be one step closer to acquiring the critical thinking skills essential for academic and career success, including an ability to assess the reliability of various sources of information and analyze their contents.
How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom
Lead a Class Discussion About Source Materials
Ask your students to identify history or social studies topics they'd like to learn more about. Watch the video lessons on historical methodology and source materials before helping students explore some of the primary and secondary sources they could use to investigate these topics.
Compare and Contrast Historical Texts
Watch video lessons on the parts of an argument before asking your students to read two historical texts recounting the same event. Have students compare and contrast the main points made in each document and the types of supporting details included by the authors.
Use the Lessons to Help Students with Homework
Assign the video lessons and quizzes on essay writing as homework. Ask students to outline some of the criteria and evidence they could use to develop an evaluative essay about a text you've been discussing in class.
1. What is a Primary Source? - Definition & Examples
Let's explore primary sources. In this lesson, learn about first hand materials as primary sources. And then, begin to analyze and determine if a document, information, or object is a primary source.
2. Historical Methodology: Evidence and Interpretation
In this lesson. we will learn about historical methodology. We will learn how history is constructed based on evidence and how various interpretations are formulated.
3. Secondary Source: Definition & Examples
What are secondary sources? Read this lesson to learn about these materials. You'll also find out how to determine whether or not a source is secondary.
4. Evaluating Sources by Relevance, Date & Credibility
Can you believe everything you hear? What about what you read online? Read this lesson to learn how to evaluate a source of information based on three criteria: relevance, date and credibility.
5. Supporting Your Writing with Examples and Evidence
Watch this lesson to learn how to make strong arguments and write better papers by using evidence effectively. It's not just about piling on a bunch of facts!
6. Parts of An Argument: Claims, Counterclaims, Reasons, and Evidence
To effectively write an argument, you need to know the four basic parts. In this lesson, you will learn the definitions of the four basic parts and why you need them in an argument.
7. How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence
When writing an essay, you will often be asked to utilize appropriate sources for evidence, including facts and definitions. In this video, we will talk about the ways we can utilize and evaluate sources and evidence.
8. Evaluative Essay: Examples, Format & Characteristics
A good evaluative essay helps a writer present an opinion using criteria and evidence. Learn all about the evaluative essay and its components in this lesson.
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Other chapters within the Common Core History & Social Studies Grades 9-10: Literacy Standards course
- Representing Core Ideas: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.2
- Analysis of Connected Events: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.3
- Understanding Vocabulary: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.4
- Role of Text Structure: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.5
- Comparing Two Points of View: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.6
- Integrating Different Types of Analysis: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.7
- Evaluating Reasoning and Evidence: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.8
- Compare and Contrast: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.9
- Reading Strategies: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.10
- Samples of Informational Texts for CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.10