Guided Primary Source Analysis: Little Rory Borealis

Little Rory Borealis
“Little Rory Borealis.” The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.]), 16 April 1922. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress.
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 there. It can be realistic or imaginary like the picture above.

What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know!