July 23, 2017

Featured Source: Round the World with Nellie Bly

Zoom into a more detailed image of this source. Explain what you can determine about Nellie Bly just by looking at this source (be sure to point out the details that support your findings). Read the following articles to learn more about Nellie Bly, Jules Verne and Elizabeth Bisland. Describe what you learned. Nellie Bly from America’s Library “Bly and Bisland.” The St. Paul Daily Globe (St. Paul, Minn.), December 16, 1889 (left column) Play the game with some friends. Then use a … [Read more...]

Analyzing Primary Sources: Shake & Source Newspaper Game

This is a guest post by Ruth Ferris, an elementary school librarian from Billings, Montana, and a grantee in the TPS Regional Grant Program. Ruth is sharing the Shake and Source Newspaper Game procedure, instructions, and materials under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC 4.0 license. I developed the Shake and Source  when I created the lesson “Montana’s State Flower:  A Lesson in Civic Engagement” as an Educator Resource for the Montana Historical Society and recently adapted the game for more … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Office Boy Board Game

The curator notes for this source read: Parker Brothers produced the 1889 board game Office Boy during the heyday of Horatio Alger's popular stories of plucky lads reaching success through hard work and determination. The player can advance from stock boy to sweeping out and on to head of sales, trying to avoid carelessness, which will send him back to reprimand. The lucky winner becomes head of the firm. Write a definition of the word "plucky" using the context of the sentence and clues from … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Los charros contrabandistas – juego de dados

This source represents a game board. Look closely (larger image) to find a picture clue that tells you what game pieces you need to be able to play this game. Take a look at the 64 scenes and choose three to investigate more closely. If you were to happen upon each scene in real life, how would you describe the encounters to a friend of yours? Make up your own rules for playing this game. What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

Today in History: Nellie Bly Circles the Globe

Today in History–January 25–the Library of Congress features Nellie Bly, who completed her circumnavigation of the globe on this day in 1890. This intrepid female reporter made the journey in just 72 days, using many different forms of transportation, including ship, train, jinricksha, sampan, horse, and burro. Learn more about this globetrotter and turn of the century transportation by visiting the Today in History section and clicking the links below. Nellie Bly Circled the Globe January … [Read more...]