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I thought I'd start with a few of my favorites.

I like showing evidence of the writing process using various drafts of the
Declaration of Independence from the Library's online exhibitions
<http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/declara/declara1.html> and
<http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/treasures/tr00.html>.   The former address has
better narrative descriptions and the latter has higher resolution images.

Also on the writing process, the Walt Whitman notebooks
<http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/wwhtml/> require considerable pre-screening,
but are quite interesting and tie nicely with other items on the LC
site.  (Warning: Whitman's barely-legible handwriting can't be machine
transcribed--younger kids will definitely have trouble reading it.)

A description from
<http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/wwhtml/gazette2.html>:  "Small enough to fit
in Walt Whitman's pocket or rucksack, the four worn notebooks contain early
pencil drafts of his poetry, cryptic observations on life on the
battlefield and death in Civil War hospitals, and detailed notes such as a
reporter would make for later reference. "

The American Treasures exhibit highlights pages 65 and 68-72 from the
"Earliest Notebook" (apparently also known as "1847 Notebook") here:
<http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/treasures/tri038.html>.  The image files are
about the same as in American Memory, but A.M. has the whole notebook.  The
exhibit says: " In this "1847" notebook, these remarkable trial flights of
verse for what later evolved into "Song of Myself"--the opening section of
Leaves of Grass (1855)--probably date closer to 1854. "

Another Whitman example you've probably all seen one of LC folks show is
page 12 of Notebook 101 "Hospital Notebook" where Whitman describes an
Antietam field hospital otherwise known as "Smith's Barn."  A search
elsewhere in American Memory for "Antietam hospital" will turn up
photographs and even some song sheets.  Other "Antietam" searches will turn
up other materials, as well.

Betty


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>I'll start.  Although not in American Memory, I like showing evidence of
>the writing process using various drafts of the Declaration of Independence
>from <http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/declara/declara1.html> and
><http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/treasures/tr00.html>.   The former address has
>better narrative description and the latter has higher resolution images.
>
>Also on writing process, the Walt Whitman notebooks
><http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/wwhtml/> require considerable pre-screening,
>but are quite interesting and tie nicely with other items on the Library
>site.  (Warning: his barely legible handwriting can't be machine
>transcribed--younger kids will definitely have trouble reading it.)
>
>  From <http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/wwhtml/gazette2.html>:  Small enough to
>fit in Walt Whitman's pocket or rucksack, the four worn notebooks contain
>early pencil drafts of his poetry, cryptic observations on life on the
>battlefield and death in Civil War hospitals, and detailed notes such as a
>reporter would make for later reference.
>
>The American Treasures exhibit highlights pages 65 and 68-72 from the
>"Earliest Notebook" (apparently also known as "1847 Notebook").
>
>
>
>For example, page 12 of Notebook 101 "Hospital Notebook" describes the
>Antietam field hospital otherwise known as "Smith's Barn."  A search
>elsewhere in American Memory for "Antietam hospital" will turn up photographs.
>
>Betty
>
>
>In a few weeks, I am giving a presentation to language arts teachers,
>grades 4--12, on the American Memory Collections. The focus of the
>conference is on language arts and history. My session will be on how
>documents from the AM collection can be used in the language arts classroom.
>
>Do you have any favorite AM documents or lessons that you use with students
>in the language arts curriculum?
>
>Norma Thiese
>Media/Technology Consultant
>American Memory Fellow 1999
>Keystone AEA #1
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