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Africa: The Middle Passage and 19th Century America
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.
7th - 9th Social Studies & History 3 Views 24 Downloads
The Industrial World Represented by 19th Century Artists
Students 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. Students read about the art and artists of this method and time.
4th - 5th Visual & Performing Arts 13 Views 35 Downloads
Using The Ox Cart Man to Illustrate the Life of a Working Family in Early 19th Century New England
Third graders discuss the farming life in 19th century New England. In this New England lesson, 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.
3rd Social Studies & History 3 Views 15 Downloads
"you Shall Not Crucify Mankind Upon a Cross of Gold!": The Issue of Bimetallism in the Late Nineteenth-Century
Young scholars 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.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 12 Downloads
From Leeches to Liver Pills: Medicine in the 19th Century
Students investigate the conditions of life and medicine for people in the 19th century. In this history of medicine lesson, students discuss the current ways to stay healthy. Students research developments during this period and create a timeline of medicine.
8th - 10th Language Arts 4 Views 8 Downloads
References to Antiquity in Visual Arts (1848 - 1914)
Examine the Latin and Greek language and civilization during the 19th century by exploring the mediums available then. Students examine scenes related to Greek and Roman literature and compare and contrast them.
9th - 10th Visual & Performing Arts 4 Views 9 Downloads
The History of The Cyclorama and Moving Panorama
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.
9th - 10th Language Arts 3 Views 0 Downloads
The Old Courthouse in St. Louis: Yesterday and Today
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.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 4 Downloads
Gender Roles in the Mid-Nineteenth CenturyWhat Fiction Tells Us
Students examine 19th century gender roles. In this gender roles lesson, students read "The Daughter-in-Law" and discuss their impressions of etiquette and gender roles in the 19th century. Students write etiquette guides that address the roles of men and women in the 19th century.
9th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 18 Downloads
A Monumental Idea
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.
10th Technology & Engineering 3 Views 2 Downloads
The Civil War: Causes and Aftermath
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.
4th - 6th Social Studies & History 5 Views 14 Downloads
Reading Comprehension-Multiple Matching 2
In this reading comprehension worksheet, learners 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.
6th - 7th Language Arts 67 Views 141 Downloads
This Land is Ours
Learners 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.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 24 Downloads
Mastering the Sea
Students 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.
6th - 11th Social Studies & History 3 Views 7 Downloads
Identifying the Social and Cultural Contexts of a Time Period-The Journey of the Jewish Americans
Young scholars 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. Young scholars view a video about their experiences, including their treatment by non-immigrants.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 5 Downloads
Sort it Out- Transportation: Is it the 19th or 20th Century?
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.
5th Social Studies & History 7 Views 12 Downloads
The Free Trade Conundrum: Balancing Worker Wages and Consumer Prices Comparing the 19th and 21st Centuries
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.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 7 Views 16 Downloads