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Close Reading with Historical Newspapers: Making Meaning from the Past
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Presented by Tom Bober, Librarian at RM Captain Elementary School in Clayton, MO
Sponsored by Libraries Unlimited and ABC-CLIO
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There is a wealth of information in historical newspapers, but it can be challenging for students to find and access the information on the page. This edWebinar explores how students can find content in historical newspapers related to topics of study and how close reading and other historical analysis approaches can assist students in coming to an understanding of the text’s meaning in the newspaper and of the historical event being written about.
Tom Bober, Librarian at RM Captain Elementary School in Clayton, MO, focuses his presentation around historical newspapers from the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America and the Google Newspaper Archive. He will share:
- Unique search techniques for each source to find articles as well as information on the newspapers themselves
- Close reading strategies to use with historical newspapers
- Sourcing, contextualizing, and corroborating to make meaning of the event or individual being explored through historical newspapers
Multiple elements within a newspaper, including news stories, headlines, news leads, advertisements, comic strips, and editorials, will be part of the session. Upper elementary through high school educators, librarians, instructional coaches and coordinators are invited to watch this recorded session. Learn how to use close reading with historical newspapers to make meaning from the past for your students!
About the Presenter
Tom Bober is an elementary librarian at RM Captain Elementary in Clayton, Missouri, a former teacher in residence at the Library of Congress, and a Digital Public Library of America community rep. He has written about the use of primary sources in classrooms in School Library Connection, Social Education magazine, Library of Congress Magazine, the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog, and AASL’s Knowledge Quest blog. Tom also presents at regional and national conferences, runs workshops, and has developed and presented webinars for the Library of Congress and ABC Clio on a variety of strategies and topics for students’ use of primary sources in the classroom and is a Teaching with Primary Sources Regional Grant recipient. His foundation is built on over 20 years in public education, with six years as an elementary classroom teacher, seven years as a building and district instructional technology specialist, and eight years in school libraries.
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