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Sara Galner, Saturday Evening Girls

Students will learn about Sara Galner and the Saturday Evening Girls in connection with our 3rd grade study of Boston and immigration. This gallery will be used in conjunction with a Smartboard notebook on immigrant life in the early 1900s in Boston.

• students will look at pictures and read text to understand the life of immigrants in the early 1900s in Boston
• students will discover the Paul Revere Pottery's influence on the girls who worked there
• students will experience life as an immigrant through the eyes of Sara Galner and her experiences as a Saturdy Evening Girl
• students will use Sara Galner's pottery to explore how pottery/art tells a story
• students will create their own piece of pottery which tells something of their own life story

This gallery will be part of a multi-lesson Smartboard notebook on immigrant life in the early 1900s.

1) Before using this gallery, students will have been exposed to text and pictures illustrating immigrant life in Boston in the early 1900s. Students will have had numerous group and class discussions about immigrant life.
2) In the lesson proceeding this gallery lesson, students will learn about Sara Galner's life as a Saturday Evening Girl.
3) Using this gallery: students will walk through the gallery using VTS with the classroom teacher. Once the teacher has used VTS for the slide, there are some additional questions listed for some slides. For example, two slides ask the children to compare different works of pottery (noticing color, line, etc). Other slides ask the children to think about what story is being told by the piece of pottery.
4) Students will create their own piece of pottery in conjunction with the art teacher. The children may choose which type of pottery they wish to create (tile, pot, bowl, etc.). Once the clay has been fired, they will experiment with different glazing and etching techniques.
5) Students will share their pottery with the class and the class will use VTS to discuss the pottery.
6) Students will continue to work on the Smartboard notebook to learn more about immigrant life.

Evaluation: Students will be able to discuss what it was like to be an immigrant in Boston in the early 1900s. Students will be able to compare working conditions in Paul Revere Pottery with working conditions in other factories. Students will create a piece of pottery that tells a story.

Created By

Jayne Byrne


History/Social Studies

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