Why Do We Have Libraries?
Abigail Fillmore: First Ladies' Lives
Skill: Elementary School
Time Required: One class period
Abigail Fillmore was very interested in books and libraries, as is First Lady Laura Bush. Mrs. Fillmore actually created the first White House library, a contribution for which she is remembered today.
Divide students into several groups: each group should read its own part of the article “Survivor: The History of the Library." Group 1: Libraries in Ancient History Group 2: Literacy Builds Libraries (Greece) Group 3: The Great Library (Alexandria) Group 4: When in Rome (Rome) Group 5: Monasticism Transforms the Library Group 6: Renaissance of Learning Group 7: The Golden Age Each group should make a poster giving information about libraries in its particular time period. Questions that might suggest poster items are as follows: Group 1:
When students have completed their posters, be sure to display them for all to see.
This lesson was developed by Averil McClelland, Kent State University.