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".  http://www.laurentarshis.com/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.

http://www.loc.gov/rr/news/topics/titanicsinking.html

 http://primarysourcenexus.org/2014/04/today-history-rms-titanic/

National Archives - Tag It Tuesday  http://blogs.archives.gov/online-public-access/?p=7776

National Archives Marked 100th Anniversary  http://www.archives.gov/press/press-releases/2012/nr12-85.html

Pieces of History  http://blogs.archives.gov/prologue/?p=8644

Letters from a Lost Liner  http://blogs.archives.gov/prologue/?p=8460

Building of the Titanic http://www.loc.gov/rr/news/topics/titanic.html

Remembering the Titanic http://www.neh.gov/divisions/preservation/featured-project/remembering-the-titanic-updated

Chronicling America  http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/pages/results/?state=&date1=1912&date2=1912&proxtext=titanic&dateFilterType=yearRange&rows=20&searchType=basic&x=17&y=14

Senate Investigation http://www.archives.gov/press/press-releases/1998/nr98-66.html

A web page that Lauren Tarshis recommends http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/

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.
http://history.house.gov/ .  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.  http://history.house.gov/Exhibitions-and-Publications/BAIC/Black-Americans-in-Congress/ 

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 History.org featured this lesson.  http://teachinghistory.org/teaching-materials/teaching-guides/25697

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

Who
Where
When
Problem or
Tension









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 http://www.loc.gov/

LOC Prints and Photographs  http://www.loc.gov/pictures/