Episode 17: You’ve Got Mail
This episode takes a look at vintage correspondence; letters and postcards. Learn what people from the past felt was important enough to commit to paper. We share examples from tourists, locals, and even an Adirondack icon.
Writing a letter at Echo Camp for Girls between 1950-1970 (P077301)
Noah John Rondeau writing at his outside desk, c. 1940 (P029046)
William Johnson Jr. served in WWII in the South Pacific. He went to school in Tupper Lake, NY. c. 1940 (P007266)
A woman writing with her pup. c. 1900-1914. (P025434)
Connecting To Curriculum
Read-aloud. Students can follow along while listening. Download a copy of the transcripts here.
Vocabulary. Explore new words. Students will be listening to high level vocabulary in context. Have them identify the definition. Click here for the vocabulary page.
Writing. Develop literacy skills with our “Letters from Home” activity. Insert link to Letters from Home page.
Higher grade level students may want to explore some topics in more depth.
- Ask parents or grandparents if they saved any letters or postcards. What can be learned about their lives and the time period from their correspondence?
- Epistolary novels are another way to make letter-writing curriculum fun. Start with our favorite Extra Credit by Andrew Clements.