Estimated time: 60 minutes
- Five to seven photographs or editorial cartoons from the research time period
- Projection equipment (If projection equipment is not available to you assign students to small groups (2 -3) and make photocopies for each group)
- Chart or butcher paper and markers
Procedure for examining photographs:
Begin this group activity with a discussion about the use of cameras and photographs today. People take photographs from the research time period and place. Focus questions for youth are:
- What do you see? Describe the people, objects or activities in detail.
- What is the setting? Describe what the place is like. What evidence in the photographs gives you that impression? (What clues do you see?)
- When was this photograph taken? What evidence supports your thinking? (What clues do you see that help to identify the time period?)
Ask youth to share the strategies they used to examine and find clues in the photographs. Together create a list of these strategies for all to see.
Use the Match the Objects interactive in the classroom as an introduction to this lesson.