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Being a historian requires serious sleuthing. They examine primary source documents and look for evidence, for clues that reveal who wrote the document, when, and why. After watching two historians model the process, young history detectives get a chance to develop their skills as they select a manuscript and launch a Manuscript Scene Investigation.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Assign writers to include the completed checklist for evaluating written items with their Manuscript Scene Investigation packet
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Pros
  • The resource models how historian analyze primary source documents
  • Links are provided to collections of primary source documents
Cons
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