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Unveiling Stories: Children at Work

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Cultures +3 Age Levels Primary (5 to 8 years old), Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

I created this collection to have my students understand better the role children played in the past. Considering how quickly I have to teach history to my 4th graders I wanted to rely on photographs to help orient the students into time and place. I focused on the late 1800s into the mid-1900s. The students in my class wanted to know more about children's lives during the time period we were learning about. The purpose of the collection is to push the students to think beyond what they immediately see and consider the bigger ideas captured in these photographs.

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Students engaged in thinking routines during this activity:

See, Think, Wonder

  • What do you see?
  • What do you think?
  • What do you wonder?

Unveiling Stories

  • What is the story?
  • What is the human story?
  • What is the world story?
  • What is the new story?
  • What is the hidden story?

Shoe Shine Boy

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Laundry Girl • New Orleans, LA

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Night shift leaving for home

National Museum of American History

Boy at Loom, Cotton Mill, Indiana, 1908

National Museum of American History

Worker in a Field, Massachusetts, 1911

National Museum of American History

Young Worker

National Museum of American History

Group Unpacking Tomato Cans, Indianapolis, 1908

National Museum of American History

5 Boys and 2 men, unidentified

National Museum of American History

Peanut Vender

National Museum of American History

Newsboys/Girl Holding Papers

National Museum of American History

See/Think/Wonder: Project Zero Visible Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Unveiling Stories: Project Zero Global Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Lesson Plan

Ellen Rogers