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Reproductive Rights Classroom Exercise: Objectives and Goals

Reproductive Rights Classroom Exercise: Introduction


In this Reproductive Rights Classroom Exercise, students are asked to consider Pro-choice and Pro-life materials with a critical eye. They will compare content, language, audience, intent,and tactics/methods in records from three different Pro-choice and Pro-life organizations.

Students will also develop archival literacy skills as they learn how to find and use finding aids, and how to request and handle archival materials.

Reproductive Rights Classroom Exercise: Objectives

Possible Learning Objectives:        


  • How to interpret a finding aid
  • How to use a finding aid to identify materials
  • How to call up materials in a Special Collections library
  • Beginning to interpret primary sources
  • Using relevant primary sources to determine an organization’s mission/organizational goals
  • Understanding differences among organizations with nominally similar goals
  • Understanding differences among organizations with seemingly opposing goals





Reproductive Rights Classroom Exercise: Logistics

Class duration: 50 minutes - 1.5 hours. Exercise can be adapted to time available

Appropriate for: Undergraduate and graduate students.

Number of students: Up to 24. Additional students can be accommodated with advance warning.

Class location: Colloquium Room, Special Collections and Archives

Created by: Jill Anderson and Morna Gerrard

Contact Archivist: Morna Gerrard, / (404) 413-2888






Reproductive Rights Classroom Exercise: Preparing for the Class

Items Needed:

Archivist/instructors select in advance materials showing organizational/mission goals of Georgians for Choice, NARAL Pro-Choice Georgia, and Planned Parenthood Southeast. Also selected are materials showing, as much as possible, mission, goals or strategies for “anti” organizations.

Full finding aids for Georgians for Choice; NARAL Pro-Choice Georgia; Planned Parenthood Southeast are printed, and items selected for exercise are flagged, to allow students to quickly find materials to be called up.

Call slips, pencils, and blank worksheets.

Worksheet with questions/prompts relevant to class needs.


Prior to Exercise:

Ideally, Archivist would have the opportunity to meet with the class before the exercise to provide an introduction to Special Collections.If this is not possible, the professor should ask the students to look at the Archival Research research guide prior to class, with particular emphasis on the “Working with Finding Aids” tab. Students could also be asked to select a finding aid from Special Collections (accessible through the “GSU Special Collections & Archives” tab) on the same guide.




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Phone: (404) 413-2880
Fax: (404) 413-2881

Mailing Address:
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Georgia State University Library
100 Decatur Street, SE
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3202

In Person:
Library South, 8th floor

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