At the top of your handout, respond to the question “What do you know about Pocahontas?”. What evidence do we have to support our beliefs? Does the evidence come from primary or secondary sources? Did Pocahontas save John Smith’s life? Do you believe the movie? Is this what actually happened between Pocahontas and John Smith? ….We should probably look at some primary sources…. We are reading with a purpose… -Sources -Power Verbs What is the author saying? In the left margin summarize each paragraph into one sentence. (10 words or less) Primary sources – written by John Smith about the events he experienced. 1. True Relations 2. General History Why would Smith add on to his earlier story? Why might Smith lie or exaggerate and invent new information? Why wouldn’t Smith lie about the story? Secondary sources – written by historians about the events. Paul Lewis J.A. Leo Lemay Which historian interpretation do you find more convincing? WHY? What evidence did both historians use to support their argument? Could there be a third interpretation/explaination? What did the movie get right and what did it get wrong? Why would Disney choose to make the movie that way? Our Pocahontas activity was just like the lunchroom fight activity and Snapshot Autobiography. In all cases, we needed to ask, “How do we know what we know?” What’s the evidence? In history, most of the evidence is written in documents. When we read those documents, we have to ask certain questions: 1. Who wrote the document? 2. Why did they write it? 3. What else was going on at the time? 4. Do other sources agree or disagree with this account? Right now we are developing the skills to conduct our own high level historical analysis. Soon you will answer similar questions in essay form using the evidence from primary source documents. Complete your Colonial America map! Binder Check on Wednesday!