Project Overview

Student Learning Objectives


Content Material


Links to Course Competencies

Supplementary Resources

Recommendations for Integration



Real World Learning Objects: Language Arts

Discovering Cleveland’s History

Content Material

Student Directions:

Step 1:
Go to the Neighborhood Link website  and choose a neighborhood to study.  Upon finding a neighborhood to study answers the following questions:

  • Identify the location of the neighborhood
  • Provide some background data.
  • What is significant in the neighborhood?
  • Check the neighborhood’s history to see if it was once called something else (ex. “Forest Hills” was once called “Village of Glenville”).
  • What are the population trends of the neighborhood - check the census information.

Step 2:
Go to the Cleveland Memory Project and start browsing and searching the site for information and images associated with your neighborhood. Choose at least 3 images to use in your paper. Copy the images into a Word document or save to your computer or storage device (disc or jumpdrive) to incorporate into your paper. If saving you may want to rename the image to something meaningful.

Step 3:
Go to the Digital Media Center, click on DMC databases and find Sanborn Digital Maps. Search for a map of your neighborhood (or a section of your neighborhood). See if you can find at least 2 maps of your neighborhood from varying times and compare the maps.

Step 4:
Prepare a 2 page minimum paper that introduces the neighborhood, provides background information on the neighborhood and/or discusses a significant person or event associated with the neighborhood. Copy and paste at least 3 images into your document providing MLA format cited references for each image. If you found a digital map, copy and paste the map image into the paper.  Your paper must also evaluate the Cleveland Memory Project website and the Sanborn Map Collection. Be sure to cite all references used in the paper.



Copyright and Acceptable Use

·        Information regarding copyright and use of material from the Cleveland Memory Project -

·        Acceptable Use Policy for the Sanborn Map Collection, OhioLINK


MLA Citation Style

·        Citing Resources from Duke University’s Library Guide to Research -

·        Citation Style Guides from the Library at Seattle Central -

·        Online Citation Styles from Bedford/St. Martin’s -


How to Copy & Paste Images

·        The copypaste.doc provides an explanation on how to copy and paste an image from the Internet into a Word document.


      Using the Sanborn Map Collection


·        OhioLINK provides excellent help documentation for the Sanborn Map Collection.  The map collection can be frustrating to use, so if you are not having any luck at finding a map of your neighborhood don’t fret over it – try different searching words, or go back to the collection at another time.  But, an explanation of the searches conducted and an evaluation of the Sanborn Map Collection is required in your paper.

      Primary Resources

·        In order to understand what a primary resource is consult the list of supplemental resources. A great website that thoroughly explains primary resources on the web is “Using Primary Resources on the Web”

·        Use the following checklist to help in evaluating the primary resources used to complete this assignment