Primary Sources Bring the Past to Life!
Theodore Roosevelt and Turn-of-the-Century America Primary Sources are just what teachers need to help students learn how to analyze primary sources in order to meet Common Core State Standards!
Students participate in active learning by creating their own interpretations of history using historical documents. Students make observations, generate questions, organize information and ideas, think analytically, write persuasively or informatively, and cite evidence to support their opinions, hypotheses, and conclusions. Students learn how to integrate and evaluate information to deepen their understanding of historical events.
The 20 Primary Source documents in the Theodore Roosevelt and Turn-of-the-Century America include:
- Cover of Puck magazine showing Theodore Roosevelt leading the Rough Riders into battle against the Spanish in Cuba during the Spanish-American War—1898
- Political cartoon satirizing the concept of American imperialism at the turn of the century—1898
- Sheet music cover for “Dawn of the Century” March and Two Step—depicts optimism about a better future through progress in technology—1900
- Photograph of a woman dressed in male attire and smoking a cigarette supervising a man doing laundry—depicts the changing role of women—1901
- Artist’s conception of the shooting of President William McKinley at the Pan-American Exposition—McKinley later died of his wounds and Theodore Roosevelt became president—1901
- Political cartoon depicting President Roosevelt’s “Big Stick” foreign policy: “Speak softly, and carry a big stick.”—1904
- Cover of Judge magazine showing Theodore Roosevelt wearing an allegorical crown of the Panama Canal, “the greatest achievement for trade in modern times”—1904
- Political cartoon depicting a Standard Oil tank as an octopus wrapping its tentacles around steel, copper, and shipping industries, as well as the U.S. Capitol and the White House—1904
- Photograph looking down Sacramento Street in San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake—1906
- Photograph of Orville Wright flying the 1908 Flyer at Fort Myer, Virginia—1908
- Political cartoon featuring the many roles Theodore Roosevelt filled during his lifetime—1908
- Editorial cartoon depicting President Roosevelt’s conservation policies to protect wilderness and wildlife—1908
- Political cartoon depicting Uncle Sam, George Washington, and Theodore Roosevelt greeting the Great White Fleet as the ships returned to Virginia after a cruise around the world—1909
- Photograph depicting an example of child labor in early 1900s—children working as spinners in a Mississippi yarn mill—1911
- Photographs of the RMS Titanic—the British passenger liner sank in the North Atlantic Ocean after hitting an iceberg in April 1912
- Postcard depicting sentiments of the women’s suffrage movement—1913
- Poster urging citizens to remember people killed on the RMS Lusitania and enlist in the military—the British ocean liner was sunk by a German U-boat in 1915—the sinking was a factor influencing the United States to enter World War I in 1917—poster dated 1915
- Photograph of Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota—the sculpture features George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln—photo taken 2010
Your students will:
- Think critically and analytically, interpret events, and question various perspectives of history.
- Participate in active learning by creating their own interpretations instead of memorizing facts and a writer’s interpretations.
- Integrate and evaluate information provided in diverse media formats to deepen their understanding of historical events.
- Create a more relevant and meaningful learning experience.
Download the Gallopade Free Online Teacher’s Guide for Primary Sources PDF located in “Additional Info.”
All levels. 8 x 11 inches each. Cardstock.