If you have a picture or
map, describe what you see. With a picture, note whether the scene is inside
or out, what people are wearing and doing, facial expressions, and whether the
picture seems posed or natural. With a map, note any places that you recognize,
and any artwork. List the information that the map gives (i.e. streets, idea
of local wildlife, geographical features, houses, etc.). Is the map complete
(i.e. are there blank spaces, or might the map have been torn?)?
If you have a document,
take notes on what you think it might be about, if you can read it. If not,
jot down words that you can read.
How might your item have
Note any clues that might
help date the item.
If you have an object, imagine
that it is yours. How might you use it?
If you have a picture, map
or document, who might the intended audience have been? Why do think the item
What information does this item provide that will help answer your research question?