Sources and How to Use Them
Historical Society Education Office has prepared a series of worksheets to
introduce you and your students to the techniques of investigating historical
items: artifacts and photographs. The worksheets introduce students to the
common practice of using artifacts and photographs to reveal historical
information. Through the use of these worksheets, students will acquire skills
that will help them better understand the web interactive. Students will also be able to take these
skills with them to future learning, i.e. research and museum visits. These
worksheets help unveil the secrets of artifacts and
Select an artifact or photograph-can be a
contemporary item or historical-and have students complete the corresponding
How to Look at an
from the National Archives and records Administration Artifact Analysis
Artifact: An object produced or shaped by human
workmanship of archaeological or historical interest.
1. What materials were used to make this
2. Describe how it looks and feels:
Anything written, printed, or stamped on it
Draw and color pictures of the object from the top, bottom, and side
3. Uses of the Artifacts.
A. How was this artifact used?
B. Who might have used it?
might it have been used? ____________________________________________
D. Can you name a similar item used today?
the object you listed in 3.D.
5. Classroom Discussion
A. What does the artifact tell
us about technology of the time in which it was made and used?
B. What does the artifact tell us about the
life and times of the people who made and used it?
How to Look at a
from the National Archives and records Administration Photograph Analysis
Photograph: an image recorded by
a camera and reproduced on a photosensitive surface.
1. Spend some time looking at the whole
photograph. Now look at the
smallest thing in the photograph that you can find.
do you see? ___________________________________________________
2. Can you find people, objects, or
activities in the photograph? List
them in the chart below.
3. What questions would you like to ask of
one of the people in the photograph?
4. Where could you find the answers to your