book_reviews, YA lit

City of Darkness by Ben Bova

Manhattan is under a dome. Ron is under the pressure of a controlling Dad. He is forcing Ron into a career he abhores. he decides to run, to have one last adventureĀ in New york City. It is forbidden. It contains all the contamination. No one is let in, and no one there is allowed to leave. Ultimate act of redlining here because the only people remaining are poor, starving, fighting. Once there, his ID is stolen and he can’t get out. He gets robbed, trapped, and falls in love, all in a day, in a dark world full of gangs and misery and scarcity. #dystopia #futureisbleak #NYCteenlit

New Amsterdam, New York, primary_documents, Uncategorized

New York City 1609 and 1755

NYC in 1609: Amazing project called Welikia–recreating what Manhattan looked like as a habitat in 1609 and related National Geographic article and interactive map.

Great article on using primary sources with all grade levels

NYC in 1755

List of questions about the 1755 Plan of the City of New York

What is a map?
What dates are on the map?
What places does it show?
What on the map looks unfamiliar?
What is the scale of the map?
Is the name of the mapmaker on the map?
Is there a title on the map?
Describe the legend of the map. What was important to the colonists?
For what reason was this map created? What evidence do we have for that?
Who do you think was the audience for this map?
How does it compare with current maps of this place?
What does this map tell you about the people who lived there?