|Secondary sources are valuable for learning about history, but primary sources are history. When students analyze primary sources, theyre doing what actual historians do: interpreting the past. Teaching students how to approach and deal with primary sources is becoming an increasingly important task in history classrooms, both for tackling DBQs on standardized tests and as a means to engage them more fully with the study of history. Primary sources also get students to think about important things like context, consequences, and what it was like to live in a particular time period. Social Studies School Service offers a range of materials to help you show your students how to analyze, respond to, and use primary sources as evidence.