Newspaper Advertisements from the 1840s
Students will examine a sample of Cleveland newspaper advertisements
from the 1840s in order to understand what life was like in Cleveland
- What was advertised in the newspapers of the 1840s?
- What products or services were needed?
- What do these ads tell us about life during the 1840s?
- How are newspaper ads similar and different today?
- Ask students what type of information you can gather from
a newspaper? Who reads a newspaper? Why do people or companies
use a newspaper to advertise their products? What other mediums
do we have for advertising today? What about in the 1840s?
- Divide students into groups and distribute a different copy
of the newspaper ads to each group. Explain to them that today
they will be the historians. They will research a primary source
(newspaper ads) in order to gather information about the community
of Cleveland in the 1840s. As they research their sources, they
will complete the research analysis sheet and then report their
findings to the class.
- As each group reports their research findings, begin to categorize
and compile the information on the board, encouraging students
to do the same (they will need this information in order to complete
their essay). Discuss the findings with the class, encouraging
students to analyze, support, and question information. They should
be encouraged to also begin forming hypotheses.
- Once the class sharing of information and discussion is complete,
students are to write an essay describing what life was like in
Cleveland during the 1840s.
- An additional activity would be to have groups design an advertisement
section of a newspaper, similar to those of the 1840s, only they
are to represent what like is like today.