Social Security Lesson Reflection

A Monthly check to you for the rest of your life, beginning when you are 65… (Source)

I did accomplish my goals in presenting the historical thinking skills Social Security lesson adopted from Historical Thinking Matters. We were able to explore two historical thinking skills: close reading and corroboration while exploring some of the history around the development and evolution of Social Security. Two positive outcomes were: (1) I was able to comfortably present the lesson in the allotted time, and (2) my peers were able to share with me, during closure, one or two things they learned from the lesson. 

 I received feedback that spending more time talking about the Social Security Board poster prior to asking students to sketch the poster would be helpful. In retrospect, I wish I had asked the students to come up to the front of the room to explore the poster as there was a lot of text that may not have been legible. I also received feedback regarding the flow and the variety of materials presented. I understood that the variety of materials (poster, video, congressional testimony excerpt) is appealing. I received a positive response regarding the flow of the lesson, as well.  

I learned that there are a lot of very well-crafted materials available that can be adopted to one’s needs or to an allotted time frame and that it is okay to reshape materials in a way that works for you. I also learned that I was more capable than I thought in terms of presenting the lesson and that running ideas by peers is an excellent way to improve my future lessons.  

Social Security Lesson Study

For my lesson study presentation, I will be introducing a portion of a Social Security lesson from Historical Thinking Matters ( ). Students will do an icebreaker in the form of a drawing analysis, and subsequent pair share, on a publication poster which was distributed in 1936 and 1937 by the Social Security Board. ( ) The lesson allows social studies students to experience close reading of both the poster, and an excerpt from a NAACP representative’s speech at a 1935 Congressional committee hearing. From these documents, students consider those initially left out as beneficiaries of the Social Security framework. Students will also watch a brief video and listen to a historical analysis. We will conclude with a brief take-away exit ticket.


Exploring Constantinople 1880-1922

Haghia Sophia (1910). Source
An interesting juxtaposition of a simple structure in the foreground of this massive, historic mosque (originally built as a church in AD 537).
This half crescent moon is a traditional Islamic symbol. Were these street posts located throughout the city, or just adjacent to the mosque (converted in the 15th century)?
This photo of a bakery is taken in 1922. Source
The languages include Armenian, Ladino, English, Greek and Russian.
Loaves are on display on the exterior of the building as well as in what appears to be a large, open window.
Late 19th Century on the Grand Rue de Pera. Source
One of the only women walking down the avenue. Is she local, or a traveler?
Window washing above the boulevard. Do the passersby notice?