Primary Source Analysis
Primary Source Analysis
Due: 20 February (Note: Tuesday)
Grade scale: 25 points
Make certain you understand the distinctions between the following types of sources:
Created at the time of the event. Include letters, manuscripts, diaries, journals, newspapers, memoirs, speeches, government documents, legal case notes and decisions, scientific research notes, battle plans, maps, weapons, tools, decorative arts, music, art, and architecture.
Created after the event takes place and describe, synthesize, and interpret the original primary sources. Include books, articles in scholarly journals, historical articles in newspapers, biographies, even illustrations.
Created after the primary event takes place and rely not only on primary sources but also on secondary sources. Include reference books such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, abstracts, directories, indices, and bibliographies.1. Create a Word Document, name it: Last Name, P.S. Analysis. Place your name and date in the paper.1. Select ONE, KEY primary source document that you will use when writing your essay.2. Then, answer these questions and where appropriate write full sentence answers.Type of Document (for example, letter; memorandum; map; telegram; press release; report; government document; census report; court decision; other—be specific):
Date(s) of Document:
Author(s) of Document. Include full name(s); birth and death dates; position at the time and title/rank:
Intended Audience for the Document:
Write a paragraph with complete sentences and explain in your own words five important points the document conveys.
Write at least two sentences and explain in your own words why the document was written.
What evidence in the document helps you know why it was written? Quote from the document and provide footnotes according to the Chicago Manual of Style.
Write a three- to five-sentence paragraph in your own words that gives the historical background to the document. (Or, explain what was happening when the document was written.)
Do you have any questions about the document?
Grading Rubric for Primary Source Analysis
The grading scale is based on 25 points (A=22-25; B=20-21; C=17-19; D=15-16; F=14 or fewer)
To earn an A (22-25 pts):
All the Document Information questions are answered accurately and in full detail, with correct footnote documentation. The student understands the historical background and explained it well. Sentences are well constructed. Spelling and grammar are excellent.
To earn a B (20-21 pts):
Two-thirds of the Document Information questions are answered accurately and in full detail. The student understands the historical background, but missed a few key facts. There are a few citation errors. For the most part, sentences are well constructed. There are a few spelling and grammatical errors.
To earn a C (17-19 pts):
One-half of the Document Information questions are answered accurately. The student did not fully understand the historical background. Footnote citations are missing or inaccurate. Sentences are often unclear. Grammar and spelling need improvement.
To earn a D (15-16 pts):
One-quarter of the Document Information questions are answered but there are factual errors. The student does not understand the historical background. Footnote citations are missing or inaccurate. There are numerous errors in grammar, sentence structure, and spelling.
To earn an F (14 pts or fewer):
Fewer than one-quarter of the Document Information questions are answered. Numerous factual errors appear in the explanation. Footnote citations are missing and/or inaccurate. Sentences are often unintelligible; there are numerous errors in grammar and spelling.