August 24, 2017

Featured Source: A Plan of My Farm

Zoom into this old map. Do some math, how many acres in total are listed on this map. There are 640 acres in 1 square mile. Approximately how many square miles is this farm? Look for clues on the map to see if you can determine when it was made and by whom. Make a rough sketch of what you think the farm looked like in pencil. Now compare the map above to another map of the same area from a later date. What changed? What stayed the same? What more did learn about the farm and the farm owner? … [Read more...]

Featured Source: America

Zoom into the selected section of the primary source shown above. Look closely at the details and answer the questions below. What do you see? What is happening in this scene? How do you feel when you look at this scene? What do you wonder about? Now look at the complete primary source and answer the questions below. What additional information do you gain from the text? What do you think the creator wanted you to think when looking at this scene? What do you think … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Christmas Children’s Section

The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]), 20 Dec. 1903. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. Articles (Click the page image above to zoom in and then use the page arrow buttons to read the articles in this section or click the links below.) Boy's Christmas Aboard a Whaler The Heart of a Child Charades for Christmas Children's Christmas Parties Real Ghost Stories: page 1 and page 2 What I Would Do if I Had Ten Dollars Etiquette for … [Read more...]

Featured Source: The Banks of the Yellow Sea

This Emily Dickinson poem was set to music by composer Ernst Bacon. Take a closer look at this sheet music and read the lyrics. What feeling does this poem give you? What specific word choices influence how you feel? What kind of music do you think would go with these words (happy, upbeat, sad, mournful, lively, slow, etc.)? Even if you can't read music, what clues to the music do you get about how Bacon wanted the song to sound from the sheet music? Now listen to a song recording of "The Banks … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Gauchos, Argentina

Be a primary source investigator. Zoom into this photograph. Look carefully at the details in the image. What did you learn about gauchos from your photo investigation? Read this entry on Gauchos from Encyclopædia Britannica or watch this National Geographic video about gauchos or both.What more did you learn about gauchos? How does that information compare with your primary source investigation? Tell the story of this picture from the point of view of the man in the middle of the … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Little Rory Borealis

Look carefully at this map of the Arctic (online or .pdf document). Which countries could Rory live in if he lived above the Arctic Circle? Which of the animals in the picture would you NOT see in the Arctic Circle? Rory's mother named him after the Aurora Borealis, also called the Northern Lights, which you can see in the Arctic. Find out more about the Northern Lights. What causes them? When can you see them? Imagine you are living in the Arctic Circle. Draw a picture of you living … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Cesar Chavez & Good Citizenship

This activity is adapted from lessons in the Barat Education Foundation Our American Voice® program. This civics program for 4-8 graders features a spiral curriculum and emphasizes critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving skills as students learn the fundamentals of American democracy and work to create positive change in their communities. Overview Using Cesar Chavez as an example, students consider how good citizens contribute to their communities and work together to affect … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Pledge of Allegiance Image Sequencing

Most school children in the United States recite the Pledge of Allegiance every morning. But what does the pledge really mean? By pairing primary sources with the text, students will deepen their understanding of a citizen's commitment to country. Image sequencing materials Pledge of Allegiance Image Sequencing Worksheet Pledge of Allegiance Images Pledge of Allegiance Image Citations Image sequencing resources Learn more about image sequencing activities Learning from the … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Grandma’s Toilet

The title of this print is "Grandma's Toilet". Zoom into this artwork and use details from the image to figure out what toilet meant in this time (1893) and context. After, look up different definitions of toilet. What can you infer, or figure out, about the relationship between the young girl and the older woman? Use details from the image to support your inferences or ideas. Using your learnings from the previous two activities to guide you, create a similar modern-day image with an … [Read more...]