|Engage prior knowledge: Discuss themes from novels. What struck you about the experiences of the characters? How did poverty affect their lives?
Analyzing Prints from Library of Congress
Access the When They Were Young collection of prints from the Library of Congress. Locate images that show children in poverty. http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/young/young-home.html
Use the Analyzing photographs worksheet to make observations, reflections and questions about the images.
Describe what you see.
What do you notice first about the children?
What is the physical setting? What, if any, words do you see?
What other details can you see?
Why do you think this image was made?
What’s happening in the image?
How does this represent poverty? How do you know?
When do you think it was made? Who do you think was the audience for this image?
What can you learn from examining this image?
What’s missing from this image? If someone made this today, what would be different? What would be the same?
What do you wonder about… who? what? when? where? why? how?
Compare the primary source images to the images you created in your mind to the novel you read for Summer Reading: The Glass Castle or The Other Wes Moore.
Discuss: How are they the same? How are they different?
In pairs, students will choose an image related to poverty from the Library of Congress website to save.
Students will write up a scenario of how the child in the image was affected by poverty in terms of economic, culture or geography. Each pair of students will record a short 1 minute story about their chosen primary source using Audacity.
Students will upload their image and audio recording into one slide of the class VoiceThread project.
Classmates will be required to visit one slide of the class VoiceThread project and make a comment on the story by either asking a question about their story or adding their own comment. Students could also add comments about the novels they read and relate it to the scenarios.
Hint: Use the following sentence starters to shape your thoughts and comments while viewing or participating in the VoiceThread presentations. Comments based on these kinds of statements make VoiceThread project interactive and engaging.
- This reminds me of…
- This is similar to…
- I wonder…
- I realized…
- I noticed…
- You can relate this to…
- I’d like to know…
- I’m surprised that…
- If I were ________, I would ______________
- If __________ then ___________
- Although it seems…
- I’m not sure that…