Teaching Guide: Exploring Little Women

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Louisa May Alcott's Little Women is a literary masterpiece as well as a timestamp of the formative mid-nineteenth century in America. Using a primary source set of photographs, letters, and portraits, readers discuss the ways contemporaneous experiences compare to the fictional events in the novel. They then write a letter from the perspective of one March sister, including details of daily life based on their primary source research.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use as a model for your own lessons that include primary source sets
  • Connect to a US History class during a unit on the Civil War era
Classroom Considerations
  • Best used during or after a class reading of Little Women
  • Requires access to the Internet and either projected or printed images of the primary source documents
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Provides citations for Chicago, APA, and MLA styles for the source set
  • Site is easy to navigate
  • Comes with links to additional resources for further research
  • Includes tips for inquiry-based instruction
Cons
  • None