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ERIC Number: ED466428
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun-20
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Little House in the Census: Almanzo and Laura Ingalls Wilder. Teaching with Documents.
National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC.
Every 10 years since 1790, the U.S. government has taken a census to enumerate the population to apportion seats in the House of Representatives. In each decennial census, citizens from the famous to the unsung and the infamous appear. They include favorite figures of literature, such as Laura Ingalls and Almanzo Wilder, who were not just characters in a television series but real people who appeared in the census many times, including those of 1880 in the Dakota Territory and 1900 in Missouri. This lesson plan uses two census sheets (one from 1880 and one from 1900) from the hundreds of thousands of pages in the custody of the National Archives as primary source documents for learning about the census. The lesson plan provides teaching activities, including history and civics and government standards correlation activities, vocabulary development, documents analysis activities, map skills, and research and synthesis activities. Census sheets and a written document analysis worksheet are also included. (BT)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC.