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The documents that are presented for your use in the classroom have suggested lesson plans that can be modified to suit the ability and interest level of your students. Each lesson has been coordinated with the Georgia Quality Core State Curriculum Objectives for the fourth and eighth grades. These are arranged according to topics/concepts objectives and are followed by skills objectives as they are listed in the QCC guide.

The general suggestions that follow for analyzing documents are basic and are found in many teaching resources that are published by the National Archives as well as by other institutions.

General Suggestions for Analyzing a Written Document

  1. Describe the document. Is this a letter, a will, a bill of sale or some other kind of document?
  2. What is the date of the document? Is there more than one date? If so, why?
  3. Who is the author of the document? Is this person of historical significance? Do you believe that the author of this document is credible? Is this document written as a requirement of the author's occupation or is this a personal document?
  4. For what audience was this document written?
  5. List or underline three (3) points that the author made that you believe are important.
  6. Why do you think that the author wrote this document? Use quotes from the document to support your position.
  7. List two (2) things from the document that describes life in the United States or in Georgia.
  8. Write one (1) question to the author that is unanswered by the document.

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