From Teaching California: This first-grade inquiry set provides images from the past to help students address the concept and practice of school rules. These questions guide the inquiry set and the activities that help students make connections between themselves and their classrooms today and in the past: What are class and school rules? How were they developed? Who is responsible for enforcing the rules?
This supplemental set of photographs and films digitized by California Revealed show a variety of school scenes from across California. Among the schools pictured are a log cabin school in Butte County and segregation-era schools for Japanese-American and Mexican-American students in Visali and Loma Linda. Other photographs show students dancing, eating, and painting. Rare films from the Center for Sacramento History of a bilingual school and outdoor school, as well as 1970s film of an Oakland school for children with disabilities and 1950s footage of Livermore schools, lend themselves to discussion of the differences between schools today and in the past.
While some of these materials may be more appropriate for older grade levels than the corresponding Teaching California Inquiry Set, we hope this sampling will be of interest to any California educators looking to incorporate primary source materials into their teaching of state and local history.