Primary sources are accounts by
people involved in the events being written
about. Think of primary sources as first-
hand details or “eye witness” reporting.
Primary sources offer insight into the
thoughts and feelings of the people involved
in past events. Some examples of primary
sources are: letters, diaries, speeches,
newspaper accounts, official documents, memoirs,
autobiographies, as well as artifacts, maps,
photos, and paintings. Historians carefully
read and consider the primary sources pertaining
to events to better understand history. These
sources offer an important point of view.
Secondary sources are important
because they often summarize the events and
can offer a point of view from the present-day
perspective or people who weren’t at
the event. Secondary sources include biographies,
encyclopedias, and history books.
#3 Compare and Contrast :
Using online links to the military leaders
in this battle choose two of the following:
General Proctor, Colonel George Croghan,
General William Henry Harrison, or Tecumseh.
Study their lives and successes. Create a
Venn diagram on butcher paper and name the
overlapping area, “commonalities.” List
contrasting characteristics and outcomes
in their lives. Do the same for the common
#2 Study Activity :
Using the above Sandusky scrapbook link,
go to the photo file.
on the action photo of the British being
assaulted by the soldiers inside the fort
1. Why do you think
this picture was painted?
2. What did the painter want you to feel
when looking at this painting?
3. What part of the battle does the painter
show? Why did he use this part?
4. Why is this painting important?
#3 Study Activity: Using
the Sandusky scrapbook page, study the artifacts,
particularly the weapons.
1. Why was the bayonet so important?
2. How were bayonets used by the American
3. What would you like to know about the
| #4 Study Activity: Using
the above Sandusky scrapbook link, go to
the photo gallery again and find the etching
of the fort plans. Study the plans.
1. Look carefully at the fort plans. Why
do you think the fort was going to be doubled
2. Can you find the blockhouse? With the
fort doubled in size where will the new
location of the blockhouse be?
3. Can you find the drawing the ditch.
Why do you think this was in the early
plans for the fort?
4. What other parts of the fort interest you
from this plan? Write why.