This project was developed to help your students analyze and interpret primary source materials—photographs—under your direction. Although students can access individual photographs and answer the appropriate questions on their own, this site has been designed to be used with your guidance. We encourage you to use the photographs as they fit your needs, but we also want you to think about how to use questioning strategies to guide student thinking and get the most from them (and this web site). Listed below are suggestions and resources to help you.
These two activities were developed by Teaching with Primary Sources, Northern Virginia Partnership, and Susan M. Orr, education specialist for social studies in Fairfax County Schools. The series of questions is arranged according to Bloom's Taxonomy, which identifies six levels of cognitive, hierarchic thinking.
These questions were developed by Virginia Historical Society staff to address Virginia Studies post–Civil War standards of learning. These standards deal primarily with two broader themes (see list below).
VS.8c – describing the importance of railroads, new industries, and the growth of cities to Virginia's economic development.
VS.9a – describing the economic and social transition from a rural, agricultural society to a more urban, industrial society, including the reasons people came to Virginia from other states and countries.
VS.10c – explaining how advances in transportation, communications, and technology have contributed to Virginia's prosperity and role in the global economy.
VS.8b – identifying the effects of segregation and "Jim Crow" on life in Virginia for whites, African Americans, and American Indians.
VS.9c – identifying the social and political events in Virginia linked to desegregation and massive resistance and their relationship to national history.
VS.9d – identifying the political, social, and/or economic contributions made by Maggie Walker, Harry F. Byrd, Sr., Oliver W. Hill, Sr., Arthur R. Ashe, Jr., A. Linwood Holton, Jr., and L. Douglas Wilder.
Browse more photographs using the VHS online catalog
By clicking on the links below, you will open a new window to the VHS online catalog. We have provided links for searches for all seven topics found within “Teaching with Photographs,” but please feel free to explore the catalog and its contents at your leisure.