History is an action verb and is messy. It is like a puzzle with some pieces missing. The historian's job is to place the pieces together so it can create a picture.
Fisher recommends students approach primary sources using the following acronym:
A - Author (include position and perspective)
D - Date (include context - what else is going on)
A - Audience (to whom is it written)
P - Purpose (why was it written)
T - Tone (words/phrases used to convey the purpose)
When students report on a historical event in Fisher's classes, they must:
- Include as least one source that is an image;
- Include as least one source that supports each point that could create a counter argument; and,
- Include an analysis of each document.