"Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?": A Comparison in American Culture
This lesson analyzes how contemporary values and attitudes are reflected in literature.
- Analyze the major goals, struggles, and achievements of the Progressive Era, including attacking racial discrimination, child labor, big business, conservation, and...
- Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that refer to significant characters and situations found in...
- Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in a text.
- Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics.
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Students analyze an early 20th century version of the Three Little Pigs to determine how contemporary culture and values affect a story.
What does a book tell us about the people who wrote it and the people who read it?
- Give each group a copy of a contemporary version of The Three Little Pigs. Ask them to compare and contrast the values portrayed with those in L. Leslie Brooke’s version.
- Show students The Children’s Object Book, published in the 1880s, available at http://read.gov/books/object-book.html. Discuss the changes in technology that have occurred in the past 130 years. Assign each student a page and challenge them to create a similar illustration for the objects of today.
Library of Congress primary sources:
- The Three Little Pigs, L. Leslie Brooke, illustrator (see image at right) https://www.loc.gov/item/84181093/
- Progressive Era to New Era 1900-1929 overview http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivitie...
- Assassination of President McKinley https://www.loc.gov/item/96521677/The Titanic http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2001704326/
- President Roosevelt speaking from his train at Colorado Springs, Col. https://www.loc.gov/item/2010649009/
- Typical Night Scene in an Indiana Glass Works https://www.loc.gov/item/2018673719/
- Great Falls of the Yellowstone River https://www.loc.gov/item/95514172/
- Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir on Glacier Point, Yosemite Valley, California, in 1903. https://www.loc.gov/item/93503130/
- USS Maine, Havana https://www.loc.gov/item/2014689652/
- This little girl like many others… (see below right) https://www.loc.gov/item/2018676167/
- Gutter toy merchant, New York City, A. https://www.loc.gov/item/2016798927/
- Italian bread peddlers, Mulberry St., New York. https://www.loc.gov/item/2016800317/
- Family in an attic home with drying laundry https://www.loc.gov/item/2016816402/
- Suffragists Mrs. Stanley McCormick and Mrs. Charles Parker, April 22, 1913. https://www.loc.gov/item/93510737/
- Landing at Ellis Island https://www.loc.gov/item/97501086/