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MigrantMother12883Most of us are familiar with Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother photograph.   The symbolic photo correctly titled of Destitute pea pickers in California. Mother of seven children. Age thirty-two. Nipomo, California is the inspiration for Mary Coin.  (Marissa Silver. Blue Rider Press, NY, 2013.)

 Silver weaves together the a fictionalized story of  Mary Coin (Thompson),  Vera Dare, a photographer modeled after Lange, and Walker Dodge, a contemporary cultural history professor in California. Dodge challenges his students to “see” photos and look beneath the layers.  The fictional characters are connected when Dodge  discovers a copy of the photo after his father’s death.

Silver’s story moves back and forth between the depression era and the present, creating a vivid and somber picture of life for migrant workers.    It is a memorable novel, worth more than 1000 words.

Lange’s photos are accessible through the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.   An overview of the Migrant mother and other photos Lange took at theTent same time has a brief account of Lange’s experience on that day.

Lange’s photography was done for the Farm Security Administration.   Many of her photos, along with others are easily accessible in Depression Era to World War II ~ FSA/OWI ~ Photographs ~ 1935-1945 an American Memory Collection of over 160,000 items and 1600 color photographs.   The Teachers Page has  related  teacher and classroom ready resources.

A Dorothea Lange archive collection is available through the Oakland Museum of California

Learn more about  challenging your students to see photos and other ideas for using primary sources in your classroom:
Teaching Digital Media Literacy in the Content Areas: Using Primary Sources

Above: Migrant agricultural worker’s family. Seven hungry children.
Mother aged thirty-two. Father is native Californian. Nipomo, California

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Teachers PageShrinking school budgets are prompting many educators to look for free resources. Teachers surveyed like and use digital media.  (eSchool News, 4/11)   

The Library of Congress Teachers Page, a free resource highlighted in the article, is a an instructional and  professional development gold mine of  free and digital content.

Whether it’s engaging activities for  young learners, primary source analysis tools, video and audio files, lesson plans, or research activities  for AP students there is something for teachers of all content areas and of all ages.  Professional development activities provide ready to use materials for educators delivering staff development and sophisticated interactive multimedia modules.

The Teachers Page has more than  9000 individual pages!    Learn how to access and use these top-notch free resources in an interactive online course.
Teaching with Primary Sources  begins in June. | Comments from Past Students
Register Online: http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/register.cfm


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