This Using Primary Sources: Wide Open Town lesson plan also includes:
A picture speaks a thousand words, no matter how old! Scholars use political cartoons from the era of Prohibition and the Temperance Movement to analyze what, a primary document (in this case, a bootlegger's notebook) is telling them about history. The first in a three-part series examines both primary and secondary sources to determine just how to think like a historian.
- Extend the lesson by incorporating political cartoons from today's world and analyzing their meaning
- Create a series of questions about primary and secondary sources and have students answer them while watching A Wide Open Town
- Laminate the photos of the political cartoons and place around the room prior to the start of the lesson
- In the video, when Elyse interviews David, he answers "hell no"
- Group sizes should be no larger than three
- Video, A Wide Open Town, is quick and to the point
- Resource contains printable materials, such as Analyze Primary Sources, to use in the classroom
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