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Students determine that history is a field of study that can help them understand themselves and the people around them. By reading sources by and about people with many of the same interests and concerns that they have and learning to see how these issues were dealt with differently at different historical times, they discover that history shapes people's lives and that people shape the changes in history.
Fourth graders examine the experiences of four immigrant groups. In groups, they brainstorm a list of misconceptions of those groups and discuss if they are still present today. Using maps, they locate the countries of Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Cuba and research why they left their home country. To end the lesson, they compare and contrast the music of the four countries.
Students examine the relationship between the United States and Cuba since the end of World War II. They discover the origins of McCarthyism and how the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis altered their relationship. They examine the issue of immigration of Latin Americans to the United States as well.
Tenth graders investigate three American leaders from the Civil Rights Movement while they examine the early 1960's and the topic of racial equality. They listen to music from the era, read speeches, and look at images of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and John F. Kennedy. Finally, they write and share paragraphs that describe the final moments of each of the three men's lives.