Rhame Students Analyze Historical Photo Using Thinking Maps

Thinking Maps

Rhame Avenue fourth-graders in Sarah Kane’s class analyzed the Purchase of Manhattan photo by Alfred Frederick during a recent social studies lesson.

In preparation of the activity, Kane divided the famous photo into sections, placing each piece on top of a separate poster board. A Circle Thinking Map was placed under each portion of the photo for students to write down their observations.

During the lesson, the class was broken into groups and rotated around the classroom, placing Post-its under each image to describe their findings. The students then worked together to eliminate ideas that were duplicated before placing them on the Tree Thinking Map. The Thinking Maps program consists of eight maps that correspond with fundamental thinking processes that assists students with organizing their thoughts.

According to Kane, the students learned about the myth regarding the Purchase of Manhattan, which indicated that Native Americans had sold the land for $24 worth of beads. This lesson gave students an opportunity to explore how the painter depicted what really happened during this historical event and tasked them with drawing conclusions based on what they observed in the photo.