The University of Alabama
Historic Postcards Teaching Resource
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Historic Postcards of Alabama 

 
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OTHER ACTIVITIES

Activity 1 - "The Light House Keeper"

Goal/Purpose: In this activity students interpret historic images to develop empathy with individuals who lived in the past. They will imagine what life in coastal Alabama was like at the beginning of the twentieth century and improve writing skills.

Grade Level: Ninth grade, Alabama History

Evaluation: Based on creativity, content, sentence structure, and grammatical correctness.

Concept/Skill Taught: Critical thinking, interpretation of primary materials, information seeking, and writing.

Instructions: Begin this activity by going to the following World Wide Web Address: http://www.lib.ua.edu/libraries/hoole/digital/pcards/083.jpg

This site is a postcard with a picture of a light house located in Mobile Bay. This specific postcard is one of many in the "Historic Alabama Postcards" collection. Imagine that you are the keeper of this light house at the turn of the century. As you sit in the light house looking out over Mobile Bay, what do you see? Are there boats, ships, fishermen, and docks? What else? Navigate your way through the other postcards from Mobile Bay to get an idea of what you might see as the light house keeper. Write a paragraph about each of three different scenes you see from the lighthouse. Describe what you see and what activity takes place as you sit watching from your glass sanctuary in the light house. Begin your paragraphs by describing specifically what you see such as "To my right, I see a large black ship as it approaches on the horizon . . . ." 
(Submitted by Penny Atkinson)

Activity 2 - "Sights of Alabama"

Goal/Purpose: Using the Internet to gather information and develop ideas.

Grade Level: Ninth grade

Evaluation: Based on creativity, content, sentence structure, and grammatical correctness.

Concept/Skill Taught: Critical thinking, writing, editing, information seeking.

Instructions: Using the University of Alabama Special Collection's Internet site, Historic Alabama Postcards, create a pamphlet or portfolio to attract tourism to the state. The setting should be between 1900 and 1915. Select postcards and then include written text that would encourage prospective tourists to visit the state.
(Submitted by Johnny Owsley)