Pages of the Past: Newspapers and Media Literacy

CHRONICLING AMERICA

URL: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/
Summary: An expanding collection of America’s historic newspapers that is searchable, can be downloaded and printable.
To navigate to the website: www.loc.gov > digital collections (button) > Historic Newspapers (link)
Don’t Miss: Topics, Flickr,

COLORADO HISTORIC NEWSPAPER ONLINE

URL: http://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org
Summary: Specific to Colorado History includes 147 newspapers. Topics are searchable, not the text (different from LOC)
Don’t miss: Featured Topics (hyperlink at top of page) This Week (in history) Archive content in My Collections

 

Political Cartoon Resources from the Library of Congress

Library of Congress Political Cartoons Themed Resources

It's No Laughing Matter: Analyzing Political Cartoons

New Exhibition: Herblock!

American Memory Collections that relate to political cartoons:

The African-American Experience in Ohio, 1850-1920, Selections from the Ohio Historical Society (Summary and Teaching Resources) Search this collection using the term "cartoon" to find editorial cartoons.

An American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera (Summary and Teaching Resources) Search this collection using the term "cartoon" to find examples of political cartoons.

The Chinese in California, 1850-1925 (Summary and Teaching Resources) Search this collection using the term "cartoon" to find political cartoons related to this topic.

Stars and Stripes: The American Soldiers' Newspaper of World War I, 1918-1919 (Summary and Teaching Resources) Search the collection using the term "cartoons" to find WWI editorial cartoons.

Critical Thinking and Political Cartoons

  1. Consider the concept of satire and how political cartoons illustrate this
  2. How are different groups of people, for example different races, portrayed in cartoons?
  3. Is a political cartoon an effective way to show support for a political action or point of view? Is it an effective way to question a political action or point of view? In your opinion, which use is more common? Why do you think that might be true?

Advertising Resources from the Library of Congress

Advertising themed resource
[http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/themes/advertising/]

LC Collections that relate to advertising:

An American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera (Summary and Teaching Resources) This collection provides a unique view of American History using items such as posters, business cards, flyers, catalogs, advertisements and leaflets.

Baseball Cards, 1887-1914 (Summary and Teaching Resources) Were these cards educational for children, or simply an advertising tactic of the tobacco corporations?

By the People, For the People: Posters from the WPA, 1936-1943 (Summary and Teaching Resources) This collection offers a a variety of posters created by Federal Projects that advertise products and happenings during this timeframe.

The Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920 (Summary Only) Emergence of Advertising in America presents over 9,000 images documenting the development of advertising in the United States.

Fifty Years of Coca-Cola Television Advertisements: Highlights from the Motion Picture Archives at the Library of Congress (Summary Only) Fifty Years of Coca-Cola Television Advertisements presents a variety of television advertisements, never-broadcast outtakes, and experimental footage reflecting the historical development of television advertising for a major commercial product.

Prosperity and Thrift: The Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy, 1921-1929 (Summary and Teaching Resources) Be sure to search on the keyword - "advertising" - in this collection to find a number of ads and pamphlets from this era.

Stars and Stripes: The American Soldiers' Newspaper of World War I, 1918-1919 (Summary and Teaching Resources) Browse through individual issues to view World War I era advertisements intended to appeal primarily to a male audience.

Washington as It Was: Photographs by Theodor Horydczak, 1923-1959 (Summary and Teaching Resources) This collection contains photos and graphic materials that were used in advertising and present the ideals they convey.

Ideas for Using Advertising in Your Classroom

  1. Browse through a number of the advertisements, choosing one from each decade. You may want to choose advertisements for similar kinds of products or simply choose ads that you like. Print out the ads and make an illustrated timeline of advertising.
  2. Examine a variety of advertisements in different media such as print, radio, and motion picture. Consider how these are similar and different.  How do the different media support each other?
  3. Compare election campaign materials with advertisements.  What techniques are used for both?
  4. Look at photographs and graphic materials that were used in advertising at a particular point in time and discuss the ideals they convey. 

 

Blogging

Web + Log = BLOG

Wikis

A wiki is a collaborative web space where anyone can add and edit content

Critical Question: Should we allow our students to use information gathered through Wiki’s such as Wikipedia?
Consider this video: http://jonudell.net/udell/gems/umlaut/umlaut.html

Social Networking

Social network sites as web-based services that allow individuals to construct a public or semi-public profile within a bounded system, articulate a list of other users with whom they share a connection, and view and traverse their list of connections and those made by others within the system.

Here is a video of a class project that implemented Twitter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgbfMY-6giY

Social Bookmarking

Internet users can store and share Internet bookmarks

Photo’s

Organize and Share your Photos with friends and family

 

Current News

New resource: Book Backdrops developed by our summer institue participants.

Calendar of Events:

Coming this Fall 2015

Transforming America: America in the Gilded Age (Date to be announced soon)

Other offerings this fall will be Essentials Exploration and a Special Topics workhop focused on WWII