Year 11 General Unit 2, Mod 4 - Religious Identity

Answering Source Analysis Questions

Basic Guide

  1. Refer to the source
  2. Include:
    • a quote or
    • description of picture or
    • identification of key trends in statistics from the sources
  3. Explain (2)
  4. Relate back to question (only for higher mark responses, would you need to provide information from work learned during class and not just what is in the source)

Types of Sources

In Religious Education you are generally provided with three types of sources to analyse:

  • Written sources – e.g. news articles, Bible quotes, Catechism of the Catholic Church quotes
  • Pictorial sources – e.g. diagrams, cartoons Statistical sources – e.g. from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, National Church Life Survey

Read Sources for Purpose

  1. Read question/s
  2. Highlight / underline main points
  3. Annotate
  4. Answer question

How to get meaning from a Source

In Religious Education students are asked to analyse, interpret and synthesise evidence – so what does this actually mean?

  • Analyse: to ‘break down’ or ‘pull apart’ into component parts – to tease out the different ideas within a source and the ways they are connected
  • Interpret: to make meaning out of – to explain, to understand in a particular way
  • Synthesise: to put things together to make a connected whole