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Roping, Grayson Ranch

[Detail] Roping, Grayson Ranch

Lesson Overview

Different peoples have contributed to the history of the western United States. To gain an understanding and appreciation of this history, students investigate the region's cultures and identify the contributions that each make to the whole. This unit leads students to recognize cultural elements through the analysis of photographs from American Memory. Using thematic galleries of photographs, students develop questions about the photos for further research into the region's history and culture Collaboration with language arts teachers is recommended.


Students will be able to:

  • identify cultural components or photographs;
  • analayze photographs;
  • develop questions about the photos based on these observations; and
  • show their interpretation of the photos by writing first person narratives about the photos


Time Required

  • Four classes

Recommended Grade Level

  • 6-8


  • Culture & Folklife


  • Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929
  • Great Depression and WWII, 1929-1945


Steve Olguin and Margaret Jane Tobias