ERIC Number: ED438199
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar-24
Reference Count: N/A
First Lady of the World: Eleanor Roosevelt at Val-Kill. Teaching with Historic Places.
This lesson traces the use of Eleanor Roosevelt's retreat, Val-Kill, a "shack" (actually a stone cottage) built in 1925 on the grounds of the Roosevelt family estate at Hyde Park (New York), and how it nurtured her spirit, personal style, and humanitarian efforts. The lesson explains that Eleanor and her women friends later expanded the retreat by converting a factory building into Val-Kill Cottage, where Eleanor moved permanently after her husband's death in 1945. The unit is based on the National Register of Historic Places registration file, "Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site", and other source materials. The lesson can be used in U.S. history courses, in units on efforts to achieve world peace during the 1950s, or on human rights and civil rights issues. Students will learn about Eleanor Roosevelt's contributions as a humanitarian. It is divided into the following teaching activities sections: "Setting the Stage: Historical Context"; "Locating the Site: Maps" (Eleanor Roosevelt NHS and Surrounding Region; Eleanor Roosevelt's Home at Val-Kill); "Determining the Facts: Readings" (Eleanor Roosevelt at Val-Kill; Goodwill Ambassador to the World; Universal Declaration of Human Rights; A Complex Woman); "Visual Evidence: Images" (Val-Kill; Members of UNESCO Meet with Eleanor Roosevelt; Eleanor Roosevelt Lunches with Future President, August 17, 1960; Eleanor Roosevelt Hosts Visitors from Overseas); and "Putting It All Together: Activities" (My Day; The Declaration of Human Rights; Local Volunteer Organizations). (BT)
Descriptors: Civil Liberties, Females, Historic Sites, History Instruction, Humanitarianism, Intermediate Grades, Primary Sources, Secondary Education, Social History, Social Studies, United States History, Womens History, Womens Studies
Teaching with Historic Places, National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, NW, Suite NC400, Washington, DC 20240. For full text: http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/26roosevelt/ 26roosevelt.htm.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Park Service (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC. National Register of Historic Places.
Identifiers - Location: New York