Tools for Teaching with FRASER

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Tools for Teaching with FRASER incorporates lesson plans and activities with FRASER, the St. Louis Fed's Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research digital library resources.

FRASER is a digital library of economic data, Federal Reserve history, archival collections and educational resources. It allows you to access these documents anywhere in the world.

Activities:

The Acceleration of the Great Migration, 1916-17
Students work in groups to examine excerpts from primary source documents. They identify social and economic factors affecting specific categories of people when the Great Migration accelerated in 1916 to 1917: black migrant workers from the South, southern planters, southern small-farm farmers, northern industrialists, agents, and white immigrant workers in the North. Each student group creates a "perspectives page" to post for a gallery walk where students analyze the causes of the Great Migration and the changes it brought to both the North and South. Students also discuss the specific economic factors that influenced the Great Migration: scarcity, supply, demand, surplus, shortage, and opportunity cost. Using the PACED decisionmaking model, they analyze the alternatives and criteria of potential migrants.
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Historical Inquiry with 75 Years of American Finance
This unique activity features a primary source from FRASER. 75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation, 1861-1935, is an 85-foot long detailed timeline compiled in 1936. The activity reviews the document layout and provides historical inquiry questions divided into four sections: observe, reflect, question, and analyze. Students can evaluate any given year(s) of the timeline, and the document may be used to introduce historical inquiry and/or to support study of historical themes, years or eras noted in the timeline.
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Historical Inquiry with the Statistical Atlas of the United States (1870) Church Accommodation Chart
This activity reveals a snapshot of declared church affiliation in 1870. It provides historical inquiry questions for students to evaluate the chart. The questions are divided into the following topics: observe, reflect, question, and analyze. This activity may be used to introduce and engage students in the process of historical inquiry and/or to process and reflect about the influence of church affiliation in the United States.
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Historical Inquiry with the Statistical Atlas of the United States (1870) Occupations and School Attendance Chart
This activity allows students to compare and contrast U.S. occupational categories and school attendance in 1870 across genders and states. It provides questions for students to practice historical inquiry and evaluate the chart. The questions are divided into the following topics: observe, reflect, question, and analyze. This activity may be used to introduce and engage students in the process of historical inquiry and/or to supplement study of workforce participation in the United States.
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Historical Inquiry with the Statistical Atlas of the United States (1870) Population Maps
This activity features a primary source from FRASER. The activity allows students to see maps depicting the best data available for the U.S. population at the time and to practice historical inquiry skills. The activity may be used as a way to introduce early migration or as a supplemental activity.
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Historical Inquiry with the Statistical Atlas of the United States (1870) State Population Chart
This activity features a primary source from FRASER. The Statistical Atlas of the United States Based on the Results of the Ninth Census, 1870 includes a "Chart Showing the Principal Constituent Elements of the Population of Each State" that details U.S. population distribution by race. This activity reviews the layout and format of the chart and provides historical inquiry questions divided into four sections: observe, reflect, question, and analyze. The chart may be used to introduce and engage students in historical inquiry and to reflect about race in the United States.
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Audience:   Middle School, High School
Language:   English
Subjects:   History, Geography, Economics
Resource Types:   Activity, Primary Source Documents, Charts/Graphs, Series
Concepts:   Human Capital, Factors of Production/Productive Resources, Economy
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