Random Thoughts: Change, Primary Sources & Other Stuff

Primary Sources: Minnesota Reflections Educator Guides

Posted on: September 17, 2011

Minnesota ReflectionsEducator Guides to Minnesota Reflections are designed to help Minnesota educators and media specialists find and use the digital primary sources in the Minnesota Reflections Collections.   Guides are aligned with Minnesota standards in Social Studies, Math, Reading, the Arts, Family and Consumer Sciences and Service Occupations, Language Arts, and Sciences.   Each guide is linked to multiple primary sources and include a resource descriptions, guiding questions and teaching ideas.  Links to related resources and helpful tips are also included.

Topics represented in the 35 guides include Famous Minnesotans, Veterans Day, Field Trip to the Pumpkin Patch, Housing and Interior Design, Visual History of Theater and Music Programs, and the Civilian Conservation Corps. The guides were developed by teachers and media specialists from throughout Minnesota.   Guides went online in June and were shared at the annual Minnesota Digital Library Conference in St. Paul.  Additional guides will be online  this fall.

The CCC guide is designed to align with the Minnesota U.S. History Standard that addresses the Great Depression and New Deal. The focus is on the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps.   Students will observe, analyze and collaboratively discuss photographs of CCC camps and company projects to increase understanding of the contributions of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Northeast Minnesota.  Photo analysis will also help students understand  how Corps members lived.  A map is included to locate places depicted in the photos.

The activity also helps meet Media Literacy standards (Students will  engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly) and (Analyzing detail in diverse media and formats).

Civilian Conservation Corps, Company 714, near Houston

Civilian Conservation Corps, Company 714, near Houston

I included this panorama group portrait of  CC Company 714  near Houston  in a guide I developed because my uncle is in the group. The photo is typical of all company photos. How are the men dressed? What was the role of the men dressed in white?

All Minnesota Reflections Educator Guides


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