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Lesson 3: Written document analysis worksheet

1. Type of document (check one):

___ Newspaper___ Map___ Advertisement
___ Letter___ Telegram___ Congressional record
___ Patent___ Press release___ Census report
___ Memorandum___ Report___ Other

2. Unique physical qualities of the document (check one or more):

___ Interesting letterhead___ Notations___ Handwritten
___ Typed___ Seals or stamps___ Other

3. Date(s) of document:

4. Author (or creator) of document:

5. For what audience was the document written?

6. Document Information
There are many possible ways to answer the following questions.
List three things the author said that you think are important:




Why do you think this document was written?



What evidence in the document helps you to know why it was written? Quote from the document:



List two facts the document tells you about life in the United States at the time it was written:



Write a question to the author that is left unanswered by the document:



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