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Students examine the contributions of African Americans in New Haven, Connecticut in the 19th and 20th centuries. After being introduced to new vocabulary, they review the elements of autobiographies and read excerpts of African American authors. To end the lesson they wrwite their own autobiography and interview a parent to gather more about their family history.
Learners consider the plight of African Americans in post-Reconstruction America. In this African American history lesson, students discover the visions of African American leaders Booker T. Washington, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Marcus Garvey. Learners research the views of contemporary African American leaders and examine the history of race relations in the United States.
Students investigate what genocide is as well as places that it is found in the 20th century. They trace the history of genocide back to the events that occurred in Sudan's history. Brainstorming ways to prevent the ongoing conflicts and injustices of genocide in the world as well as the United States is covered within this lesson in depth.
Students discover the role of technology in 20th century conflicts. In this technological advancement activity, students research how World War I, World War II, Vietnam, and the War in Iraq were fought. Students compose essays that highlight the tools and technology used in the conflicts.
How would it feel to be segregated because of your age or background? This journal launches a persuasive writing lesson that includes a study of persuasive essays and speeches written and delivered in the 20th century. Class members then produce their own piece of persuasive writing. Although the lesson is part of a unit on the Holocaust, it could be adapted to other situations. Resource links are included.
Students discuss concepts of rights and responsibilities, review Bill of Rights and Universal Declaration of Human Rights, discuss Civil Rights Movement, and list categories of rights. Students then view and take notes on Ralph Bunche documentary, research beliefs and tactics of leaders of Civil Rights Movement, and research present-day human rights campaign.
A comprehensive look at the prohibition debate through the lens of immigration gives scholars intriguing material for a debate and essay of their own. They watch four video clips (find these on the PBS website), discussing issues in small groups after each one. The viewing guide offers excellent prompts to get scholars critically thinking instead of just retaining. Use the debrief questions to facilitate a whole-group analysis, too. Next, groups discuss differing positions of various demographics. They are then assigned roles and given actual legislation to read and debate from various viewpoints. They vote to pass or veto each of the four bills. Finally, individuals write essays based on a given essential question relating anti-immigrant sentiment to prohibition enactment.
Five segements from Ken Burns' documentary series Prohibition, easily accessed on the PBS website, are at the center of a terrific short unit on the roots of America's ambivalent relationship with alcohol. Engage your secondary class with a discussion of proposed government regulation of personal behavior based on several examples provided. Then explore the roots of Prohibition through video excerpts, active listening practice, and an engaging, thought-provoking deliberation activity. A comprehensive resource that includes video note-taking and discussion questions, active listening guidelines, background information about six historic constituent groups that class members role play in the deliberation activity, and a bibliography with other useful resources. Take a weekend off from planning. With a resource as complete as this one; you've got Prohibition covered.