Comparing Images

The Old Governor's Mansion at Milledgeville has been a prominent structure as well as a center of activity since 1839. The building has changed many times through the years for many different reasons. Some changes have been made in order to add modern conveniences such as electricity, air conditioning and heating. Some changes have been made to make the building appear more "modern" or "beautiful" according to the popular standards of the time period. The following images will allow students to compare and contrast the visual changes in the building as well encouraging them to investigate the time period of each image while considering the impact of photography upon history.

For this lesson, you will need the following images:
Activity 1: Pictures of the Past
Upon completion of this activity, students should be able to:
  1. Identify the similarities and differences found in the images.
  2. Arrange the images chronologically.

QCC Objectives: Grade 4: Skills: A1, A2, A5, A7, A8, B15, D27, D29 Grade 8: Topics/Concepts: D20, Skills: A1, A2, A5, A6, A7, A10, C22, D34, D35, D38,D39

Suggested Lesson:
  1. Divide the students into pairs.
  2. Give each set of students copies of the images of the Old Governor's Mansion.
  3. Ask the students to make a list of the differences found between the images. (Students should find that the cupola is present in some of the images but is not found in the older images.)
  4. Allow the students to discuss the differences and similarities that they have found by making a list as a class.
  5. Explain that the house-type structure on the roof is called a "cupola."
  6. Ask the students to find a definition of cupola in the dictionary.
  7. Ask the students for possible reasons for the additional structure. (Apparently the skylight that was in the center of the roof was a constant problem because it leaked. As early as 1853, Governor Cobb listed a repair to the skylight in the inventory of improvements made on the Mansion as he left office.)
  8. Ask the students to arrange the images in chronological order.

Activity 2: Time Lines
Upon completion of this activity, students should be able to:
  1. Create a time line that will reflect some of the changes in the United States and in Georgia from 1847 to 1960.
  2. Complete basic research to find information concerning the history of photography.
  3. Discuss the impact of images upon historical information.

QCC Objectives:
Grade 4: Skills: A1, A2, A5, A6, A8, B12, B15, B16, C17, C23, D27, D28, D29
Grade 8: Topics/Concepts: D20, Skills: A1, A2, A5, A6, A7, A12, B15, C22, C25, C33, D34, D35, D38, D39

Suggested Lesson:
  1. Divide the students into groups of four.
  2. Using available reference material allow the students to locate at least three historical events from 1847, 1865, 1860, 1877, 1953, 1963 for the United States and for Georgia. The groups should reflect the division of dates and assigned place. For example, one group will research Georgia, 1847 and another group will research the United States, 1847. Assign the topic of photography and its history to one group.
  3. Allow the students to record their information on large cards to be placed upon the time line. Items on the top of the line will record Georgia's events while items on the bottom will record the events from the United States.
  4. Allow the "photography" group to place the a copy of the images on the time line as well as the information that they have located about photography.
  5. Ask the students to list some of the events that occurred in Georgia and in the United States that seem to be connected.
  6. Ask the students to record any historical information that is found in the images.
  7. Allow the students to write some possible reasons for which photography is important to what we know about history.

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