Suggested Grade Level: 5th-6th
Time Required: 50 minutes
Essay as Homework
1. Introduce the lesson by having students think
about differences they know about or might expect between their
own lives and those of children in the late 19th-early 20th century.
You might want to write responses on the board to refer to later.
2. Explain what students might look for in photographs
to help them gather information about the past, details such as:
- Who is in the picture? Are
there adults or only children? Is there only one child, or are
- What seems to be the relationship
between the people in the photograph?
- What are the children wearing?
- What is the setting of the
photograph? Is it a city? The country? Inside? Outside?
- What can you see in the
- What activities are going
3. You might want to demonstrate this process of
observation/analysis with the whole class using one of the photographs
4 . Have students pair up and direct them to the
CHO Images in the 125 Years of Childhood work packet. Let students
browse amongst these images and their records to familiarize themselves
with the website before they begin their assignment.
5. Have the students work in pairs to study the
images and draw conclusions about the changing lives and roles
of children in Connecticut.
6. Print and hand out the Venn Diagram and ask
students to complete it by comparing and contrasting their lives
today with the lives of children in the past.
Have each student choose one photograph to write
about. (You may want to print the students photos for them
to take home.) Following your own writing guidelines, have each
student write a short essay from the perspective of one of the
children in the photograph describing what was going on just before
the picture was taken, what is happening as the photo is taken,
and what will happen next.
1. Have students bring their own pictures from
home and use them to show differences or similarities between
their lives today and the lives of children in the past.
2. Have each student pick one image from CHO to
compare and contrast with a photo from home in one paragraph or
3. Post the photos and text in the classroom or
turn them into a PowerPoint presentation.