Summary: When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.Setting: Midwestern state, prairie, late 1800sA Sampling of LOC Resources:Northern Great Plains CollectionPrairie Settlement CollectionWomen Pioneers: WestwardPatricia MacLachlan CybercastJourneys West Lesson Plan Frontier life…. MacLachlan, Patricia. Sarah, Plain and Tall. NY: Harper and Row, 1985
Teaching Idea: Learn more about historical eras through letters written during the time period. Letter from Uriah W. Oblinger to Mattie V. Oblinger and Ella Oblinger, November 3-5, 1872
Summary: A thirteen-year-old Jewish orphan reluctantly leaves her grandmother and immigrates to New York City, where she works for three years sewing lace and earning money to bring Grandmother to the United States, too.Setting: Eastern Europe, shipboard across ocean, Ellis Island, New York City, 1890s-early 1900sA Sampling of LOC Resources:Immigration Community CenterLearning Page Immigration FeatureEllis Island ImagesStatue of Liberty ImagesEmigrants Landing at Ellis Island (film) Immigration – enhancing a picture book Hest, Amy. Illustrated by P.J. Lynch When Jessie Came Across the Sea. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 1997.
Summary: Sixteen-year-old Margaret Rose Nolan, newly arrived from Ireland, finds work at New York City's Triangle Shirtwaist Factory shortly before the 1911 fire in which 146 employees died.Setting: New York City, 1911A Sampling of LOC Resources:Immigration Community CenterLearning Page Immigration FeatureEllis Island ImagesStatue of Liberty ImagesHester Street (panoramic picture)Flower making (Louis Hine photograph)Triangle Waist Co. fire (P & P)Life of a City (early films of NY) or a chapter book for older students. Auch, Mary Jane. Ashes of Roses. NY: H. Holt, 2002.
First view of the Statue of Liberty… Teaching Idea: Use an image as a story starter or a prompt for writing dialogue.
Study a Lewis Hine photograph…
Observe the details in a panoramic photograph…
View a film of the time period… 1903 Edison film - New York City “ghetto” fish market Teaching Idea: Write a narrative to accompany a period film.
Summary: Thirteen-year-old Rosie and members of her family travel from their Illinois farm to Chicago to attend the World's Columbian Exposition. Setting: Chicago, 1893A Sampling of LOC Resources: World’s Fair, 1893(panoramic photo)Birds Eye View (1893map)Opening Day (1893 photograph)The Ferris Wheel (1893periodical article)Helen Keller Letter (1893 letter)To-day’s Events (1893 broadside)Annie Oakley (Edison movie) Buffalo Bill (1890s poster) 1893 Chicago World’s Fair…. Peck, Richard. Fair Weather: A Novel. New York: Dial Books, 2001