Introduction: Human beings process visual (non-textual) information better than textual or numeric information. Through the use of visual images students can develop a sense of both place and time. Visual images from drawn from students' current or historical surroundings can elicit creative thinking and writing in the classroom.
General Teaching Tips: Paper-based ("low tech") images and digital images can both be used effectively in the classroom. Original or paper images have the advantage of immediacy, while digital images can be printed, enlarged, projected and annotated. In addition, images can be saved to disk, then copied into folders and saved on classroom computers or onto school websites.
Critical Thinking Questions
Photo Analysis Worksheet - U.S. National Archives and Records Administration http://www.archives.gov/digital_classroom/lessons/analysis_worksheets/photo.html
Resources and Websites
The American memory Project, Library of Congress. Gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. The site offers more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections. Contains images, photographs relating to local communities in Massachusetts. http://memory.loc.gov/
Photographs by Format and Technology by Nicolette Bromberg, University
Dating Old Photographs by Halvor Moorshead - includes examples of old photographs sorted by decade to compare with your photos.
of the American Revolution: Classroom Activities" Guidance in analyzing
political drawings (Stamp Act Funeral and Bostonians in Distress,
Revere's Boston Massacre engraving, print of the Battle of Bunker's Hill.)
the American Revolution" National Archives and Records Administration
Teaching With Documents series. Secondary level lesson plan linked to
images of paintings, engravings and documents pertaining to the American
Online Photographs of Boston and Vicinity. Includes a section of historic photos. http://www.boston-online.com/Photos/index.html
Image Searches on the Web: "Fishing Expeditions" for local history images can sometimes return interesting results. Try searching for your town or neighborhood name and gif or jpg, for example "rehoboth gif jpg". Or use Google's image search feature by selecting the "Images" tab before entering your search term at www.google.com. Note: Be sure to check the results of this type of general web search for authenticity and accuracy. Rehoboth is also a town in Delaware!
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