19th Century Eras Teacher Resources
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Influential Individuals of the 19th Century
By learning about some of the people who shaped the 19th Century, students can find out about this important time period.
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.
Fashion Fanfare of the 19th Century
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.
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. 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!
Family Life During the Mining Era
Young scholars analyze historical photographs to draw conclusions about family life in Colorado mining camps and towns in the late 19th century. They discuss inquiry questions within groups and record information.
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.
Immigration to America
Students examine reasons for immigration to the United States in the 19th century. They role play as immigrants asked to write accounts of their immigrant experiences.
Posters with a "Twist"
Learners examine how posters can depict history and reflect societal issues of an era. They apply principles of poster art to create original posters reflecting society in 19th century England.
Jeffersonianism at the Bar
Eleventh graders participate in a political roundtable discussion. In this Jeffersonianism activity, 11th graders role play individuals from the 19th century and discuss issues of the Federalist period.
Comparing and Contrasting the Individual Experiences of African Americans in the 19th Century
Young scholars investigate selected portions of the oral histories collected by interviewers of the Federal Writer's Project during the 1930s. They search the various narratives for comments on particular time periods while working in small groups.
The Rise of Landscape Painting
Students study the rise of landscape art throughout the 19th century and the specific features of the genre. In this landscape art lesson, students read the definition of landscape art and its precedence in the 19th century. Students study various examples and artists who painted landscape art.
Who Needs It?
Fourth graders explain the needs and wants of an Abenaki family or group and/or of a family or group in the first half of the 19th century and compare them to the needs and wants of Students' family or household today.
In the Footprints of Lewis and Clark: 19th Century Artists -- Depictions of Native Americans
Eighth graders read excerpts of "Undaunted Courage" by Stephen Ambrose. As a class, they view slides of artwork from the time period of westward expansion and Native Americans, write their reactions and share them with the class. To end the lesson, they create their own artwork on how they view the Native Americans during this time period.
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.
The Past Is Gone, But Not Forgotten
Students examine the role of historic sites in preserving the past, and use a NY Times article about a preserved 19th century farm as a springboard for discussion about the conservation of other historic sites and research about historic sites in their c
Mental Health 2: Bedlam
Students are oriented to the kinds of treatment and care the mentally ill received prior to the 19th century-using the example of England's legendary Bedlam, the world's oldest mental health asylum.
"Coolies, Sailors and Settlers: Voyage to the New World"
Students examine the larger social, political and economic issues that influenced the first Asians' migration to the Americas in the 18th and 19th centuries. They distinguish between commonly held assumptions about the first Asians in the Americas and the more historically accurate version.
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.
Claude Monet's Interpretation of Light in Art
Claude Monet provides a great way to lead students in a discussion of art, politics, and 19th century society.
The Progressive Era
Eighth graders utilize the SOAP method to analyze a work of art and relate it to what they know about the Progressive Era and the reasons why cities changed and the ways in which cities changed during the end of the 19th century. They complete a series of worksheets to aid in their analysis.