Do students read "between the lines"? Do they read with thought of finding answers to their own questions? These activities have been designed to teach students how to critically evaluate what is read.
Directions: Using the journalistic approach of Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How, examine one of the documents below. Use the How Does It Read? Guide to describe what you are reading.
For your boy and my boy;
Buy bonds; Hear the bugle call, 1918
Egbert Van Alstyne,
American Sheet Music, 1850-1920 (from Duke University)
C. W. Post; or, What is
this Strange Power?
By Gerald Carson
the Upper Midwest: Books from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, ca.
Why Women Should Vote
Alice Stone Blackwell,
for Women: Selections from the National American Woman Suffrage Association
CHAPTER XIV Fire Departments
of Early Days
Memories; my seventy-two
years in the romantic county of Yuba, California.
By W.T. Ellis
As I Saw It: First-Person Narratives of California's Early Years, 1849-1900
Lobo, the King of Currumpaw
Wild Animals I
By Ernest Seton
Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920
J. W. Wilson Interview
By. J.W. Wilson
Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940
apparatus - a set of materials or equipment designed for a specific use, 1628 (date of the earliest recorded use in English)
bivouac - a temporary encampment under little or no shelter, 1702
brigade - group of people organized for special activity, 1637
canon - form of canyon, deep narrow valley with steep sides often with a stream flowing through it (American spelling), 1837
doll up - to dress elegantly or extravagantly, to make more attractive (as by addition of decorative details), 1906
enfranchised - to endow with a franchise as to admit to the privileges of a citizen and especially of the rights of suffrage, 15th century
jollifications - festivity, merrymaking, 1809
Postum - cereal coffee, late 1800's
rudiments - a basic principle or element or fundamental skill, 1548
strychnine - a bitter poisonous alkaloid, used as a poison for rodents, 1819
veritable - capable of being verified, confirmed, 1593
Civil War Slippers
View this clip as Rosemary Plakas, Curator in Rare Books and Special Collections at The Library of Congress tells the story about this pattern for slippers.
Hospital slippers for the sick and wounded soldiers of the Union
Click here to see the item in the American Memory Collection.