The following resources will help you and your students analyze the specific types of sources in this module. Some resources are located in the “Analyzing Documents” and the “Unpacking Evidence” sections of the World History Sources [WHS] site, an online resource for world history teachers and students. Others are located in the “Making Sense of Evidence” section of the History Matters [HM] site, an online resource for the U.S. History survey course. Though these guides deal with sources drawn from U.S. History, they provide strategies for analyzing online primary materials that will be useful with world history materials.

Analyzing Guides and Examples:
  1. Making Sense of Letters and Diaries (HM), (module sources 1 and 2)
  2. Unpacking Images (WHS), (module sources 4 and 6)
  3. Unpacking Objects (WHS), (module source 5)
  4. Unpacking Travel Narratives (WHS), (module sources 7 and 8)
  5. Unpacking Official Documents (WHS), (module sources 9, 10, and 11)

The following worksheets download in PDF format. They include specific questions that will help students more closely examine each source.

  1. Images (rock art, drawings)
  2. Texts (diary, letters, travel narratives, will, laws)
  3. Objects (object)