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When Europeans first came back with tales of China, they provided vivid written accounts and minimal visual imput. This resulted in art rendered mostly from descriptive language. Learners explore this phenomena by listening to descriptions of specific Chinese masterpieces, then attempting to use just the description to guide their drawing. The lesson could result in an eye-opening class discussion.
NASA has crafted an imaginative and memorable series of lessons, "NASA and Jamestown Education Module." This lesson is one of the five components. In it, middle schoolers connect history and science by comparing the settlement of Jamestown in the 1600s to a future settlement of the lunar surface. They consider three factors: location, soil, and weather conditions. This is a must-see! Implement it into your astronomy curriculum, US history studies, or fashion an entire interdisciplinary unit from it.
Take a virtual field trip to the Plymouth plantation. Using the site linked in the activity, discover how people lived during the 17th century in this part of the country. Discuss the role of the pilgrims and native Americans in the formation of the new world. End the activity by having learners draw a picture of their house in the 17th century and what they would be wearing in the time period had they lived during it.
Students investigate U.S. history by examining North American timelines. In this American exploration lesson plan, students research the events that led to Columbus finding America and participate in a jeopardy game regarding his adventure. Students complete Internet activities about U.S. history and take a test.
Students explore artistic techniques by analyzing numerous images. In this visual arts instructional activity, students discuss storytelling through visuals and identify the beginning, middle and end of a story. Students create their own visual stories by drawing three cohesive images in a specific order.
Students examine the American Holocaust. In this Native American history instructional activity, students conduct research on infectious diseases that wiped out population of indigenous peoples brought to the New World by Europeans in the 16th and 17th centuries. Students prepare classroom presentations to share their findings.
Eleventh graders study the Salem Witch Trials and the different theories for the hysteria. In this American History channel, 11th graders explore primary source documents to understand the stories of various people involved in the trials. Students write a fictional first-hand account as if living in Salem Village in 1692, which reflects one or more of the theories.
Readers explore East Asian culture and literature with a book folder project. Before beginning the project, learners record three beliefs they have about East Asian culture. They then select two books to read and create a display for the school library. Detailed instructions for the book folder project, a project rubric, and an extensive annotated book list are included.
Students explore the concept of crossing cultures through reading the stories "Help! My Father is Coming!" and "The Visit to Vijay's." In this culture lesson, students predict what will happen next in the stories. Students discuss the idea that we take many journeys in our lives, and that these journeys can shape who we are.
Young scholars explore the economic factors surrounding slavery in the United States, such as the Triangle Trade. For this American History lesson, students analyze primary sources such as narrative accounts and pictures, to gather information about the Middle Passage and the slave trade in the United States.