This is an activity that can be done with any unit in class, but I have found this to be very effective with pictures from the Gilded Age / Progressive Era. This includes:
1. A two-sided graphic organizer that has questions for 6 individual pictures. (Students will have to analyze the photos with this chart...not just a quick glance.)
2. Six high quality pictures that I use in class with this chart. [Picture 1: Child Labor - Coal Mine, Picture 2: Family in Tenement, Picture 3: Homeless Children in City (Jacob Riis), Picture 4: Women's Suffrage Parade, Picture 5: Chicago Meatpacking Factory, Picture 6: Child Labor - Textile Mill.]
This activity can be done different ways:
+ Individually - Students get a picture for 5-7 minutes and then pass it to the next person.
+ As a Class - Gallery walk around the room making observations and helping one another. (Students like this option best).
Need other Progressive Era Materials? Here are some:
17 - The Progressive Era - PowerPoint Notes
17 - The Progressive Era - Scaffold/Guided Notes (Blank and Filled-In)
Activity: Becoming a Modern Day Progressive
Reading: "How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football" (Progressive Era)
Viewing Guide: The Presidents - 26 Theodore Roosevelt (History Channel)