Multimedia Resources

Program staff and participants compiled these resources to help you use images from the Picturing America portfolio of image in your classroom. Please share additional resources you find useful.

     Visual Thinking Strategies     

Visual Thinking Strategies is a teaching method that develops language literacy and critical thinking skills through discussion of visual images. Visit this link to see VTS in action and learn how to use it in your classroom.

     Primary Documents     

These worksheets from the National Archives can help you structure analyses of primary source photos, posters, and written documents.

NOTE: The Archives has a wealth of primary materials available organized by eight American eras:
Revolution and the New Nation (1754-1820s), Expansion and Reform (1801-1868), Civil War and Reconstruction (1850-1877), The Development of the Industrial United States (1870-1900), The Emergence of Modern America (1890-1930), The Great Depression and World War II (1929-1945), Postwar United States (1945 to early 1970s), Contemporary United States (1968 to the present).