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19. Module 3 continued.

2. Layers of inference diagrams 

Background

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Reading historical letters can be a really powerful way of getting students to understand what life was like for people in the past. Whilst it’s nice to see the original handwriting, it can often be helpful if you select and type out relevant extracts for the students to use alongside the original. It’s also a good idea to devise some questions specific to the extract you’ve chosen to guide the students’ thinking. Sometimes it may be necessary to provide a glossary explaining the meaning of key words which the students may be unfamiliar with.

Exercise

Read this extract from a letter written by a solider who was fighting in the trenches in France during the First World War and then complete the Layers of Inference Diagram which asks you to think about the following questions: 

  1. What does the source say? 
  1. What can you infer (work out)? 
  1. What else would you like to know? 
TBB 1/1/1/1/210, Newcastle University Special Collections 

Reflection

Have you used Layers of Inference Diagrams with historical documents before? If not, is it something you think you might try?