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computer sidekickE-Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking is about synthesis. Young people pull ideas together and organize them in a meaningful way. Design PowerPoint Sidekicks that combine critical and creative thinking by providing students with visual and text resources they can use to build and share their understandings.

Go to e-scrapbooking: projects for lots of ideas.

Then and Now Scrapbook

jobsComparing past and present is a great foundation for a scrapbook. Ask students to divide the screen in half and write about before and after, then and now, or any other type of comparison. Provide information, images, audio, and video. Or, let students create their own original materials. Use a PowerPoint Sidekick to get the project started.

What was it like to be a child in the 1700s? Let's make a Then and Now scrapbook.

Download and explore the Jobs: Then and Now (PPT) PowerPoint Sidekick. This project uses the Colonial Williamsburg Trades website photographs. You may wish to provide all the photographs or let children copy and paste from the website depending on the age of the children.

Web Resources

Lesson Ideas


Primary Source Documents

Create your own Now and Then PowerPoint Sidekick.

Character Scrapbook

Create a scrapbook based on a book character. Based on your reading, what does the character like and dislike? What might they put into a scrapbook about themselves? If possible, include a variety of materials including drawings, photographs, maps and other materials. Think about the plot and setting of the book. What would the character eat, drink, and own?

Character scrapbooks work particularly well for historical novels. Read the historical fiction book Bread and Roses by Katherine Paterson. Then, read the nonfiction book Shutting Out the Sky by Deborah Hopkinson.

Shutting Out the SkyBread

bread and roses tooOpen and explore the Bread and Roses, Too (PPT) PowerPoint Sidekick. Notice that the directions are placed on the Speakernotes. The Sidekick provides photographs, sounds, and web links to help young people create a scrapbook based on one of the characters. The last page of the scrapbook is different. Students are asked to pretend that their character is now 100 years old and looking back on the scrapbook. They take one idea from their scrapbook and compare it to what life is like today. How is life in the early 2000s different from life in the early 1900s? The example below shows picketing then and now.

Lesson Resources

Labor Movement

Child Labor


Textile Workers 1800s


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