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Students become aware of the role music and the musician played in the Civil War. Students recognize the drum, fife, bugle, cymbals, and sax horn when shown photos of these instruments. Students sing a variety of songs from the Civil War era.
Fifth graders listen to and discuss the music of the Civil War Era in order to better explain society during this time period. They identify the musical instruments and write their own word to accompany the music of one of the songs.
The United States of America was founded on firm ideals of both the pursuit of happiness and a spirit of reverence. Through a close reading of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The May-Pole of Merry Mount," you can examine what some consider was a "culture war" between these two ideals in the early stages of the new nation. After giving a brief overview of the story, work with your readers through the text using the guided questions provided by this resource. 
What if society sought equality by handicapping the gifted and dispelling any traces of diversity? Kurt Vonnegut Jr. offers one possible answer to this question through his incredibly engaging and thought-provoking satirical story, "Harrison Bergeron". In addition to offering writing prompts and discussion questions that are sure to spark interest and debate amongst your readers, you will also have the opportunity to preview video excerpts where editors of the anthology engage in high-level discourse and work to elicit meaning from the classic American text.
Whether new to teaching The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn or an experienced pro, you’ll find useful resources in this teacher’s guide. The 40-page packet includes background information, historical context, an annotated list of characters, a synopsis of the novel, discussion questions, a list of significant quotations, and activities for each block of chapters, writing prompts, and a detailed list of group and individual project ideas. Lists of works of art, music, and film that can be used to create a context for the novel are also included in the packet. The resource would make a powerful addition to your curriculum library.
Prior to reading chapter 17 of Dandelion Wine, partners look up and illustrate level three words found in Colonel Freeleigh’s many allusions. Pairs then share with the whole class. Detailed instructions for the activity are included. 
Eleventh graders examine author Louisa May Alcott as a pioneer, deeply dedicated to her family and to the ethical framework they represent.  In this Social Studies instructional activity, 11th graders investigate some of the basic concepts of Transcendentalism. Students research different people of this time period and share their findings with the class. 
Key concepts, major writers, and historical events related to Transcendentalism are explored in a student-produced PowerPoint about this movement. The presentation could be used as an introduction to a unit or as a model that class members could critique before drafting their own presentations.
Upper elementary and middle school learners engage in this awesome lesson plan on the Civil War. In it, they watch streamed video, perform Internet research, engage in hands-on activities, and use their geography skills to locate important events during this time period. Additionally, they take a close look at the harships of slavery.
Students work in pairs to compose a duet (with percussion instruments) that contains syncopated rhythm sequences. Each student will research a piece of music that they feel uses syncopation and will give a persuasive speech to the class.
High schoolers brainstorm lists of songs that were written in response to American wars; consider the patterns in the lists they create.
Young scholars conduct Internet research on the Dust Bowl before participating in a group activity about the characters from "The Grapes of Wrath". As part of a character analysis, they collaboratively write a dramatic monologue for their character. Groups write their monologue based on given criteria.
Mother's Day poems and other types of activities can get students' creative juices flowing.
Study and research the American Civil War in this explanatory writing lesson. Middle schoolers complete six activities to learn about the American Civil War and soldiers' views of the war. The lesson includes several options to complete the activities, such as PowerPoint, Venn diagram, and several biographical stories. Use this lesson to begin an informative writing assignment or  to reinforce research procedures.
Third graders study American national holidays, symbols, songs and landmarks. They appreciate the meaning and significance of our nation's ideals of liberty, justice and equality.
Students explore the Civil War and the many emotions that emerged during this era. The teacher arranges students in groups of families and prepares them to simulate typical responses during this era. The Civil War and Gettysburg is re-enacted. Students write letters to their "family" members describing historical events in which they are involved. They pantomime a battle scene.
Students conduct oral history interviews and research primary resources to explain changes in immigration and migration over time.
Students examine how history influenced American music. They view a Powerpoint presentation, listen to and analyze music, take notes on historical facts, and create and present a Powerpoint presentation to the class.
Students create exhibits about patriotic symbols for a living museum. They write reflective essays exploring the themes and symbols of independence and their influences on social responsibility.
Learners complete a craft project.  In this Mother's Day activity, students learn about Mother's Day around the world, write an essay about their mother, create a Mother's Day card, create coupons for meaningful time with their mothers and write out breakfast plans for their mothers.

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