Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Remembering the R.M.S. Titanic

Want to pair a historical event with fiction?  Lauren Tarshis is the author of a YA book "I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic".

Think about how excited your students will be when they start to dig into the primary sources connected to the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic.  The Library of Congress has put together a great collection of primary sources for you to use in your classroom.   The National Archives also has records you might want to investigate.

National Archives - Tag It Tuesday

National Archives Marked 100th Anniversary

Pieces of History

Letters from a Lost Liner

Building of the Titanic

Remembering the Titanic

Chronicling America

Senate Investigation

A web page that Lauren Tarshis recommends

Books to Explore

The Titanic - An Interactive History Adventure by Bob Temple

Titanicat - Marty Crisp

Eva and Little Kitty on the Titanic -  Sidsel Carnahan

White Star: A Dog on the Titanic  - Marty Crisp

Polar The Titanic Bear - Daisy Corning Stone Spedden

Magic Tree House - Tonight On the Titanic - Mary Pope Osborn

Magic Tree House Research Guide - Titanic

T is for Titanic - Debbie and Michael Shoulders

Monday, April 21, 2014

The US House of Representatives

The US House of Representatives maintains a website with historical data about its members. .  One of the tabs - is education here you will find lesson plans.  There are biographical sketches about members.

Have you ever heard of Senator Hiram Revels a Republican from Mississippi?  I had never heard of him.  After reading about him.  I asked myself why don't we feature information like this in our text books?

Hiram Revels of Mississippi and Joseph Rainey of South Carolina arrived on capital hill in 1870.  They held seats that a decade earlier were held by slave owners.  Senator Revels was the first African American senator to be elected, prior to Mississippi being re-admitted to the United States. 

There are lots of areas to explore.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

What is Crop It?

Crop It - is a 4 step hands on learning routine.  Teachers can ask a question and students use paper cropping tools to explore a visual primary source. Crop Is was developed by Rhonda Bondie.  Teaching featured this lesson.

Step One:  Choose An Image
Ask students to choose an image from the collection that either
  • connects to an experience that you have had
  • relates to something you know a lot about
  • and/or leaves you with questions

Step Two:  Explore the Image
  • Pass out Crop It tools
  • Invite students to explore the image
  • Pose a question and have students Crop to the answer

  1. What first caught your eye?  Think - Why did you notice this part?
  2. Who or what is this image about?  Think - Why is this person or thing important?
  3. Where does this take place? Think - What happened at this place?

Step Three:  Identify the Evidence

Details or evidence that might give us information

Problem or

Step Four:  Close the Lesson
  • Ask students what they learned about the topic.
  • Ask them to reflect on what they learned about looking at the sources.
  • When might someone use this process?

Common Pitfalls
  • Asking too many questions at step two.
  • Allowing students to share to soon.

Library of Congress

LOC Prints and Photographs