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Throughout the Ages
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A Visual Document Resource

Visual Learning Project

About Throughout the Ages

Throughout the Ages is a visual educational resource from the New York State Archives, the Archives Partnership Trust, and the JPMorgan Chase Foundation that focuses on using historical records as learning tools in pre-K-grade 6 education. New York State teachers developed the content to correlate with the State Education Department's publication Social Studies Instructional Strategies and Resources: Pre-Kindergarten Through Grade 6.

Throughout the Ages offers more than 500 digital images of historical photographs, letters, broadsides, maps, and paintings. The "Build Your Own Worksheet" option is an innovative feature that can be customized for individual needs.

The images are organized by topics, which are divided by subtopics. For example, United States History is divided into subtopics that include Native Americans, Colonial America, Civil War, etc. Each image is accompanied by a caption, and about half of the images also include prepared historical background information, focus questions, the appropriate New York State Learning Standards and Key Ideas, a historical challenge, interdisciplinary connection activities, and a list of additional resources. Images accompanied only by captions provide teachers with the option of writing in their own historical background information and questions.

The "Build Your Own Worksheet" option allows you to print a worksheet for each image. You can select or deselect exactly what information you want to accompany the image. For example, you can choose to print a portrait of Abraham Lincoln with the caption, historical background information, and questions that are provided. Or you can customize the printout by including only certain portions of the information from the website. You can also edit and/or write in your own caption, historical background information, and questions for each image.

Throughout the Ages combines historical records and technology to promote the development of critical thinking skills (analyzing and interpreting information), reading and writing skills, and understanding historical content and context.

Project Partners:

Archives Partnership Trust
New York State Archives
JPMorgan Chase Foundation

Project Development:

Dr. Kristi Fragnoli, research and content development, lead educator, The College of St. Rose, Albany, NY
Regina Brown, content development, educator, North Colonie Central School District, Colonie , NY
Cindy Callahan, content development, educator, North Colonie Central School District, Colonie , NY
Lee Sellinger, content development, educator, Bethlehem Central School District , Bethlehem, NY
Jill Leinung, content development, educator, East Greenbush Central School District, East Greenbush, NY
Linda Kaminski, content development, educator, East Greenbush Central School District, East Greenbush, NY

Website Design:

 

Nancy McKiernan http://www.charlesstreetstudio.com/

 

New York State Archives:

Julie Daniels, project coordinator
Michelle Arpey, website development and oversight
Jeanne Finley, editor
Gary Kuchark, Jr., website programming
Anthony Mattrazzo, technical support
Emily Southworth, scanning and data entry
Beth Thorpe, editorial assistant
Sonya Tucker, data entry