Be a Historian
Your teacher will assign you to a classroom group. Your group will use the source documents and your Evidence Evaluation Worksheets to write a historical narrative of the Wrights' flights on December 17, 1903. Be sure to include this information in your historical narrative:
In Their Own Words
Three of the documents you examined are accounts written by Orville and/or Wilbur.
• #2 Orville Wright's Diary
• #6 Magazine Article by Wilbur and Orville Wright, "The Wright Brothers' Aeroplane"
• #9 Excerpt of Orville Wright's article, "How We Made the First Flight"
Compare these three accounts of the Wrights' first flight. Are the facts the same? What is the level of detail of each? How were the audiences for the articles different? How does Orville Wright's account in his December 17th diary entry differ from his account written 10 years later ("How We Made the First Flight")? How do you explain theses differences? Which of the accounts do you think is most accurate?