What Wonders Lay Inside?

With our transition to a virtual format, instead of the Primary Source Shoebox that has been used in year's past, we no longer have a size limitation... welcome the Primary Source Treasure Chest!!!


We ARE history!

Napoleon Bonaparte is said to have explained, “history is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.” How do we know that the stories that have been passed down to us are true? So much about understanding the world is rooted in how we explore something called evidence. Evidence is as necessary in understanding history as it is in science. The same way that Temperance Brennan on Bones figures out what happened at a crime scene, we use evidence to determine the true nature of people and events.


In history, we call evidence “primary sources.” These are the artifacts that were created at the time of study by people with first hand experience of an event. Primary sources can include things like letters, diaries, photographs and artifacts. For this first day assignment, you will be using the evidence provided to draw conclusions about a specific person - your teacher.



  1. Have a list of questions prepared that can help you understand a particular event and/or person. In this case, seeing as how it is day one, they will be provided for you on an accompanying sheet.

  2. Carefully consider what each piece of evidence tells you about the event and/or person under study. Begin by recording basic observations. Observations are what you can conclusively ascertain as FACT by examining the evidence. Go through each of the primary sources and write down observations based on them.

  3. Go through each piece of evidence and make inferences based on what you see. Inferences are reasonable conclusions drawn by examination of the evidence. For instance, if you went over to a friend’s house and you observed that  they had a soccer jersey in their laundry basket and a pile of soccer trophies and medals on display throughout their room, you would make the inference that they played soccer. Or that maybe the two of you went into the wrong house.

  4. Use the observations and inferences that you made based on the primary sources to explain the event and or/person under study.

Click the treasure for your example...