A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

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Groups select a photograph from one of the four eras of African Americans in Congress and develop a five-minute presentation that provides background information about the image as well as its historical significance. The class compares and contrasts the images considering what each image reveals about the four eras.

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Instructional Ideas
  • To prevent overlap, preview the Black Americans in Congress webpage and select the photographs for groups to use in their projects
  • Add the displays to the exhibits created in previous lessons in the unit
  • Display the scrapbooks in the school library during February's Black History Month
Classroom Considerations
  • Class members should have experience analyzing primary source images and their relationship to historical records
  • Sixth in a seven-lesson unit that focuses on African American Congress Members
  • Requires copies of the Photograph Analysis worksheet and access to computers with internet
Pros
  • The three-page packet includes a step-by-step plan, a link to the Black Americans in Congress website, an analysis worksheet, and discussion questions
Cons
  • Does not provide a rubric