Primary Source Analysis Sheet
Type of Source - Circle Primary or Secondary Check mark: Diary _____ Newspaper______ Letter _____ Photograph ______ Other_________________
Date of Document:
Speaker: Who is writing, what do you know about the author?
Audience: Who is meant to read/see this document? Is this private or public? How does this change the meaning or tone of the document?
Occasion: What is the reason this primary source was created?
Purpose: Why is the author writing/ creating this document?
Subject: What does this document tell you?
Tone: What is the tone/ feel of the document? Serious, humorous, chatty, sarcastic, and why?
Questions: On the back of this sheet, answer in complete sentences.
1. List what information you learned from this primary source.
2. What questions do you have after reading this document?
Primary Source Activity: Manuscript and Rare Book Grab Bag