Is author male, female? Government official? From a particular social class?
How might author’s “position” or title have influenced what was written or said?
Is document an “official” pronouncement, a newspaper article, a speech, or maybe a diary or private letter?
SAMPLE AP WORLD HISTORY DOCUMENT
Source: Zong Mi, a leading Buddhist scholar, favored by the Tang imperial household, essay, “On the Nature of Man,” early ninth century C.E.
“Confucius, Laozi, and Buddaha were all perfect sages. They established their teachings according to the demands of the ages and the needs of various beings. They differ in their approaches in that they encourage the perfection of good deeds, punish wicked ones, and reward good ones; all three teachings lead to the creation of an orderly society and for this they must be observed with respect.”
As a Buddhist scholar in a time when Buddhism is being threatened in China, it is expected that Zong Mi would closely tie Buddhism to Confucianism in order to keep his “favored” position at the imperial court.
POINT OF VIEW
Practice looking for Point of View
Each group has a specific document to review, looking for “Point of View”