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By learning about some of the people who shaped the 19th Century, students can find out about this important time period.
Students participate in a series of activities to explore the lives of slaves in 19th century America. They examine the design of slave ships, the hardships endured, and the ways that owners depended on slaves for their economic survival.
Pupils study paintings, sculptures and of objects d'art as documents to study the 19th century Industrial Revolution. In this art history lesson, students study a chronological timeline of art during the Industrial Revolution. Pupils read about the art and artists of this method and time.
Third graders discuss the farming life in 19th century New England. In this New England lesson plan, 3rd graders watch a DVD and listen to a story describing this time period. They answer questions and create a Venn Diagram poster showing Work in the 19th Century and Work today.
Fourth graders compare and contrast the clothing during the 19th century to the fashion trends of the present day. They design something suitable for a future time period and explain why.
High schoolers investigate the monetary system during the late 19th-century. They view a video, answer discussion questions, read and discuss text, and write an essay justifying either the pro-silver or pro-gold standard side.
Students explore inventions that have been created since the nineteenth century.
Students investigate the conditions of life and medicine for people in the 19th century. In this history of medicine lesson plan, students discuss the current ways to stay healthy. Students research developments during this period and create a timeline of medicine. They complete an analysis of the medicine history for Prince Edward Island.
Examine the Latin and Greek language and civilization during the 19th century by exploring the mediums available then. Young scholars examine scenes related to Greek and Roman literature and compare and contrast them.
Here is a lesson designed to acquaint learners with two amazing forms of entertainment from the 19th century: The Cyclorama and the Moving Panorama. After seeing what these two contraptions were all about, pupils make their own version of a moving panorama that has images from their own lives. Along with their panoramas, they design and produce a handbill to advertise it. The handbills are done in the old, 19th-century style. A great lesson!
Students examine why St. Louis was founded on the Mississippi River and the role of the courthouse. They identify the significance of the 19th-century railroad westward expansion, and analyze how the Dred Scott Decision affected national policy.
Young scholars examine 19th century gender roles. For this gender roles lesson, students read "The Daughter-in-Law" and discuss their impressions of etiquette and gender roles in the 19th century. Young scholars write etiquette guides that address the roles of men and women in the 19th century.
Tenth graders work in small groups to conduct Internet research about Social reformers from the 19th Century. They design a monument that would be an appropriate tribute to that person which includes an inscription. Finally, they produce an essay which describes the process the group used to chose this person and what he/she accomplished.
Students infer lifestyles of 19th century American culture in the North and South with daguerreotypes accessed from web sites. They access Internet sites to find biographical and related articles interpreting photography of Mathew Brady.
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students read an article about 19th century American presidents. They answer ten multiple choice questions about the article. Each question asks students to identify one of four presidents; Van Buren, Harrison, Polk, or Fillmore.
Students research and present their findings of the Native American's forced removal in the 19th century. In this Native American lesson plan, students read passages, write and reflect, and look on the internet for evidence of the Native American's forced removal.
Young scholars investigate what life was like on early 19th century ships. They participate in a Webquest, explore the website for the movie, 'Master and Commander,' watch movie excerpts, take an interactive tour of a ship, and answer discussion questions.
Students discuss the experience of 19th century Jewish American immigrants. In this US history lesson, students research the cultural, social, and economic experience of Jews who immigrated to the United States. Students view a video about their experiences, including their treatment by non-immigrants. Students compare the experience of the Jews to that of other minority groups in the US today.
Fifth graders sort pictures of types of transportation. In this turn of the century lesson, 5th graders view pictures of transportation from the 19th and 20th centuries, sort the pictures into their appropriate category, and complete a worksheet where they explain their decisions.
By examining free trade, protectionism, and analyzing 19th and 21st century arguments for and against the tariff, high schoolers will be able to compare and contrast the 19th and 21st century. They will analyze text, answer discussion questions, and participate in a debate. The final assessment will be to summarize an article.