May 27, 2017

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 Source: Microcosm

The image above is small part of an illustration. Look carefully and make a hypothesis about the topic or theme of the larger illustration. Point to specific details that led you to this hypothesis. Next, zoom into a larger section of the same illustration. What additional details do you see? Refine or rewrite your hypothesis about the topic or theme of the larger illustration based on these new details. Now look at the full illustration. What new details do you see? What does this image … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Jeff Davis Reaping the Harvest

What is the mood of this image? What symbols and other details in the engraving contribute to the overall mood it evokes? Now review the bibliographic record for this image. Describe what you learned and explain how that affects your "reading" of this source. Do a bit of research to learn more about the person featured in this image. Then write a short poem with words that mimic the mood of the poem. Use this list of tone and mood words to help you. What other observations, reflections … [Read more...]

Featured Source: When Women are Jurors

Zoom into a more detailed image of this illustration. Study carefully the expressions--both facial and body--of each woman in this illustration. Use one adjective and one verb to describe each woman based on your analysis of their expressions. The full title of this illustration is "Studies in expression. When women are jurors." This 1902 illustration provided a social commentary on women acting as jurors in U.S. courtrooms. What do you think was the attitude of the illustrator towards women … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Poor Richard illustrated

Benjamin Franklin was a man of many talents and one of the key figures in the founding of the United States. Franklin was also a printer and a writer. One of his most well known publications was an almanac, or yearly handbook, published under the pseudonym (a made-up name) of Richard Saunders. The source above, Poor Richard Illustrated, features 25 small illustrations with lessons for the young and old. At least one person should examine each small illustration in detail. Zoom into the image … [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...]

Featured Source: Woman and Child

Describe how this illustration makes you feel. What details in the drawing contribute to this feeling? Write a description of this scene or write a poem to accompany the illustration. Now read the poem that this drawing illustrated. Describe how this poem compares with what you wrote. What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! Related resource Today in History: Celebrating Mothers … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Great Moon Hoax

Why do you think the illustrator created an inset, or a picture within a picture? Access this .pdf to see the image in more detail. Read the summary of the Lunar Narrative from the Museum of Hoaxes. What details from the articles do you see evidence of in this illustration? Compare and contrast the information about the Great Moon Hoax from the following sources. What did you learn? What similar information is presented? Are there any discrepancies? Historic Hoaxes The Spokane … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Signing the declaration of their independence

Compare and contrast the illustration above with this well-known black-and-white print. What similarities do you notice? What differences do you see? What do you think is the meaning of this illustration, which is a political cartoon? Now read the bibliographic record for this political cartoon. Do you think this illustration is a good argument for or against supporting woman suffrage, or the right of women to vote? Why? What other observations, reflections or questions does this source … [Read more...]

Featured Source: The Oologist

Oh, Oology! Inside Adams: Science, Technology & Business blog post, May 20, 2014 What did you learn about oology from reading the Inside Adams blog post? What else would you like to know? What area from biology or other branch of science would you like to see featured in a journal of its own? What is one topic that you would like to find out more about? What would be the title of an article you would like to read about this topic? What other observations, reflections or questions … [Read more...]