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The Story of Virginia

Virginia at the turn of the twentieth century: Teaching with photographs

Teaching with PhotographsUsing turn-of-the-century photographs, this program is designed to allow students to examine changes in Virginia's society and politics. They will explore context clues from these photographs to develop an awareness of the changes that occurred across the commonwealth during the early 1900s.

The students will use their knowledge of urban and rural development and the different regions of Virginia to identify where the photographs were taken. By applying what they've learned in the classroom about Jim Crow laws and segregation, the students will have an opportunity to discuss how the photographs reflect the society of the day. They will identify items that were new inventions and how they influenced Virginia's industry, lifestyle, and social climate. Students will be encouraged to work in smaller groups in order to have the opportunity to examine photographs closely and promote an exchange of ideas and knowledge.

  • This program is best suited for grades 4 and up.
  • Suggested group size: 30 students
  • This program lasts between 45 and 60 minutes

Would you like to request an outreach program? If so, please fill out our online form to request this program.

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