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Source Value Checklist


A Free resource to use whilst analysing the value of primary sources for AQA A level History. Go beyond discussions of the accuracy of the content to consider other factors that can affect the value of the source. This is a perfect accompaniment to our Section A instant Mocks! Boost your students’ skills, confidence and grades.

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The resource

This ‘Source Value Checklist’ is a FREE teaching resource for you to print and use with your students during AQA History source practice. Have you ever asked your students what is meant by value? Or what makes a source valuable?  I asked my students and I was met with silence. We have found that many students only focus upon the accuracy of the content as the sole measure of value. The ‘Source Value Checklist’ therefore, drives the student to consider other ways in which the content of a source can be valuable.

How to use

Students simply tick or cross the appropriate statements alongside the sources they are analysing. As a result, students will have a better understanding of what they can comment upon in relation to value. Extend the task and get your students to write a paragraph on what makes their source valuable. Introduce the resource early into your scheme of work to help students understand the purpose of the question. You might be a student looking to practice their source skills ahead of their summer exam. You can use this too to remind yourself of what factors you can use to evaluate the source.

Want to hear more expert advice and guidance? Tune into our History Rocks Podcast and learn how to tackle provenance, tone and the content of a source. You can also get some tips on how to structure your answer.

School network license

This licence permits you to make the resource available to all students and staff in your institution. This can be either in digital and/or print form (including for photocopying). This resource may be distributed on your secure virtual learning environment (e.g. Moodle), however it must not be made available on any public or insecure website or other platform. See our terms and conditions for more information.

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