Comparing Firsthand and Secondhand Accounts of Events Worksheets

Related ELA Standard: RI.4.6

Core Standard

A firsthand account is when the person that is telling the story actual went through the event and is describing what they experienced. In written form this usually comes through in autobiographies, diaries, and personal letters. Authors will often use the words I, me, and we when writing in the firsthand. When writing in the secondhand the author usually researched or retell another person’s story. Secondhand works are often works of nonfiction such as a textbook or biography. The worksheets in this section will have students working on being able to tell the differences between works that were first and second hand accounts.









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