Lesson 1 (from Introduction, A Sunday Morning, and A Chance Encounter)
Introduction, A Sunday Morning, and A Chance Encounter
A primary source of information is a person who is reporting on something that he experienced personally. Today's objective is to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of primary sources in writing.
1. Group Activity: As a group, list the disadvantages of primary sources for the writer and for the reader. Include such factors as the difficulty of making contact with so many people and the limited point of view each represents.
2. Partner Activity: With your partner, list the advantages of primary sources for the writer and for the reader.
3. Individual work: In your reading log, write a paragraph evaluating the use of primary source material instead of secondary sources, where the information has been compared with similar writings, verified by experts, possibly abbreviated, and reflects objectivity rather than personal emotional involvement. Which do you think has more value...
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