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Sixth graders design a symbol to symbolize George Mason, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, George Washington, and James Monroe, to commemorate their contributions to the U.S. Constitution. In this government lesson plan, 6th graders observe images of these men and discuss their importance.
Seventh graders construct a historical timeline of events leading up to and during the Revolutionary War. They give a speech pleading the cause of independence and compare and contrast today's news media with the ideals of the revolutionary era.
Students investigate the steps taken to establish the government of the U.S. They conduct research, read and analyze primary source documents, and answer discussion questions about the Articles of Confederation.
Fifth graders describe three similarities and three differences between the American Revolutionary War and the American Civil War. They play a game comparing the two wars.
Students explore the revolutionary, confederation, and constitutional periods of American history. In this American history lesson plan, students compare and contrast the early forms of the American government.
Students identify the functions of money. After reading a story set in the Revolutionary War, they describe what the money of the time period looked like and how it was used. Using the internet, they compare Continental Congress money with a Spanish half dollar. They write a paragraph citing which money they would like to have if they were living in Valley Forge in 1778.
Students explore money of the Revolutionary War Era. In this economics lesson plan, students compare Continental Congress money to the Spanish half dollar and then write about their preferred money during the time period.
Students research the Revolutionary War online and then create a timeline of key events in the war.
Seventh graders study Lorenzo de Zavala's role in the Texas Revolution as politician and statesman. They determine his contributions to the establishment of a government as Texas fought for its independence. While completing research, they access technology based primary source documents and images.
Students explore cause and effect. In this early American government lesson, students research the series of events that led to the revolution, confederation, and constitution. Students use cause and effect examples to complete a culminating activity.
Students identify the importance of government. In this lesson on what a good government is, students explain what they think a good government should provide for it's people. They also analyze the Preamble to the Constitution and illustrate it's meaning.
The event in American history now known as the Boston Tea Party was really anything but a party. Discover how the tax on tea in pre-revolutionary America was seen by colonists as an infringement on their rights and livelihoods, and how this historic event would begin a chain reaction that would result in a profession of independence and the beginning of a new nation.
A good way to transition from the French Revolution to the influence of Napoleon Bonaparte, this video details how the French government changed in the intervening years, and Napoleon's militaristic rise to power. The colorful maps, pictures, and annotations detail the instances in which "Napoleon kicks butt," and will make this presentation appealing to even uninterested historians.
After a brief summary of Napoleon's conquests and the coalitions against which he fought, this video details his emergence as Emperor and a major superpower in Europe. It summarizes main points about Napoleon, including his trail through Egypt and back into France, and his appointment as first Consul. This video is a good way to expose students to the basic feats of Napoleon through a series of explanatory maps, up to the formation of the Third Coalition in 1803.
To gain an appreciation for the difficulty the framers of the Constitution faced when crafting this historic document, class members are asked to predict five words that would occur frequently in the Constitution of the United States. Working as pairs, groups of four, then groups of eight, teams develop such a list. The whole class then discusses the process they went through and the difficulty they had reaching consensus. Next, the focus turns to a word-processed document of the Constitution, and using the replace tool, learners record their findings on a spreadsheet and create a double bar graph to compare their predictions with the actual results. Additional activities for studying the strengths and weaknesses of a constitutional government, as well as assessment options for each activity, are included in the packet.
1848 was a hot year for Europe, which endured political tumult and upheaval after years of tension buildup. This presentation details the circumstances surrounding revolutions in France, Austria-Hungary, Romania, Italy, Prussia, and Germany. The final slides detail the aftermath that led directly into the events of the upcoming 20th century.
One of the many appeals of this resource lies in its diverse application. Appropriate for US history, English, or art classes, scholars will appreciate the exploration of the civil rights movement through art, music, and film. They'll discuss and analyze the revolutionary art of Black Panther artist Emory Douglas. They'll consider both the social context of the time and the Panthers' mission as they view Douglas's work. They then analyze the lyrics to the James Brown song, "Say it Loud: I'm Black and I'm Proud." A wonderful way to bring social injustice and social revolution to the table. The resource includes discussion questions, but does not provide any assessment or rubric.
Primary historical sources can be a challenge for some readers, so these seven guided-reading questions will be very useful to US History or Government classes studying The Articles of Confederation. Each question has multiple parts and demands critical thinking. Working individually, the handout could take at least a couple of hours. To manage it in one or two class periods, consider dividing the class into groups and divvying the questions between groups.
Was the United States significantly more democratic in their governing structures and laws after the overthrow of British authorities? Compare and contrast summaries of the country's constitutions under British rule and after independence, as well as examine a summation of the Articles of Confederation.
As part of a study of the history and settlement of North Carolina, middle schoolers examine the Declaration and Proposals of the Lords Proprietors of Carolina. To aid comprehension of the document that established the rules for settling and governing the province, the class reads together and responds to questions on the provided worksheet.