Images can be a useful component in any subject. This lesson will guide students through an analysis of an image. Students will use critical thinksing skills to interpret an image. Students will then generate a hypothesis about the source and construct questions for further investigation.
Middle School Social Studies
Students will discuss the definition of a biography and determine what elements it contains. They will research a famous person and create a web graphic organizer with key achievements and personal information from their life. Peer feedback will be given on the web creation and then an oral presentation will be given.
Primary sources provide firsthand evidence and perspectives of historical events by the person writing them. Students will read various types of correspondence (letters, diaries, and postcards) and analyze their content. Students will then take on the role of a citizen and write a letter as if they were part of a major event of the Civil War.
Students will examine various primary source images and documents to develop research questions and make connections. They will then research historical figures to learn about contributions and significance they had to the movement. As they research, students will also learn about what individual slaves did before and after the Civil War and if emancipation changed their lives. The students will then examine various primary source documents and record their findings on the Analyzing a Written Document worksheet. They will then paraphrase what the document was about and explain why they believe it is important to history.