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September 1, 1999
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Turn-of-the-Century Child

Turn-of-the-Century Child is a set of interdisciplinary social studies lesson plans that utilize a set of historic photos of American children taken between 1900 and 1920.

The Web site is plain and unadorned, but the images of the children are very engaging.

The site is a little confusing to navigate, but the lessons and content are worthwhile.

With the new millenium approaching, this is a good time to look back to the beginning of the century and reflect on the many remarkable changes that Americans have made as a culture. The Turn-of-the-Century Child project includes a captivating photo collection with images that reflect a diverse cross section of American society. The lessons guide students, working in small groups, to take on the role of a historian to research and document the significance of the events and surroundings of the children portrayed in the photos. A set of research links is provided. This is an excellent resource!