Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 Teacher Resources
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The Meaning of America: National Identity and Why It Matters
Combining a close reading of a classic American text with the study of history can be a very powerful strategy, and this is most certainly the case with this resource using Edward Everett Hale's The Man without a Country. Consider themes...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Primary Source Worksheet: Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address
Your young historians will be intrigued to read and analyze Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address, which discusses the president's take on the causes of the Civil War and connections between the North and the South.
8th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Exploring the Hypocrisy of American Slavery with Frederick Douglass’ “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”
Young historians analyze the words of Frederick Douglass as he considered the contradictions of the United States as a slave-owning nation that celebrated equality and freedom on the Fourth of July.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Main Idea
The main idea of this resource is that you should take a look if you're planning to teach main ideas in your class! Cover just about everything you need to know about main ideas with a packet of materials that includes information and...
7th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
New Review The First African American Regiment
Young historians examine a memorial sculpture of the first African American regiment in the Civil War, and then compare how the experiences of the regiment are portrayed in letters and poetry, as well as in the motion picture, Glory.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Learning Guide for: Glory
Invite your class to learn about the first regular US army unit composed of black soldiers during the Civil War with the film Glory. This website reviews the historical accuracy of the movie, offers pre- and post-viewing handouts, and...
7 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Will the Real Abraham Lincoln Please Stand Up?
Engage young historians in learning about America's sixteenth president with this fun Reader's Theater script. The second play in this series puts a modern spin on learning about history, involving a game show where three contestants try...
1st - 5th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Using Historic Digital Newspapers for National History Day
Your learners will take a trip through history as they peruse through historic digitalized newspapers, reading real articles from such historical periods in the United States as the Temperance movement and passage of the Thirteenth...
7th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
New Review Framed Paragraphs
Support your learners as they work on writing paragraphs by providing graphic organizers, outlines, and frames. And, guess what? You've just found a huge collection of these materials! Sift through this packet to find the perfect...
4th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Persuasion in Historical Context: The Gettysburg Address
The Gettysburg Address is a powerful text. Use it to teach persuasion and the importance of word choice. The lesson detailed here includes a scaffolded background knowledge activity that includes image analysis of photos from the Civil...
7th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Ethos, Logos, & Pathos in Civil Rights Movement Speeches
Examine three speeches while teaching Aristotle's appeals. Over the course of three days, class members will fill out a graphic organizer about ethos, pathos, and logos, complete an anticipatory guide, read speeches by Martin Luther King...
7th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
A House Divided: Slavery and the Civil War
Eighth graders use a worksheet to analyze several documents related to slavery and its role in the Civil War. Students participate in discussions, draw political cartoons and prepare charts comparing and contrasting information from...
8th Social Studies & History
After the Civil War: Segregation
Students study the Civil War. In this American history lesson, students define segregation, make a segregation collage with pictures of people being separated from others because of their race, religion, or ethnic background, and write...
4th - 5th Social Studies & History
Budgeting: Finding Personal Financial Success
What a comprehensive, engaging set of activities for learners to gain a firm foundation of financial knowledge, practice budgeting for after they have completed their education, and consider the unexpected turns that life may throw their...
9th - 12th Math CCSS: Designed
Create a Magic Lantern Show; Freed People in the Reconstruction South
Engage your scholars by having them create "magic lantern shows" inspired by the film Dr. Toer's Amazing Magic Lantern Show: A Different View of Emancipation. As they study the South's Reconstruction through primary sources, learners...
8th - 11th Social Studies & History
American Civil War: Conflicting Newspaper Reports
Students examine the happenings at the Battle of Antietam from all sides. In this American Civil War lesson plan, students analyze newspapers accounts from different perspectives regarding the battle and then write their own accounts of...
7th - 12th Social Studies & History
Land, Liberty and the Struggle for the American Dream
Students investigate equality by reading a historical fiction book in class. In this civil rights lesson plan, students read the story Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry with their classmates and define the Jim Crow Laws that kept blacks...
3rd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts
Black History Month - Past to Present, Grades 4-6
Students complete a unit on Black History Month. They explore various websites, develop a diagram of the Underground Railroad, create a postage stamp for an African American, and develop a resume for an African American scientist.
4th - 6th Social Studies & History
Black Kentuckians and the Civil War
Students demonstrate how the American Civil War affected black Kentuckians socially and politically. They identify and discuss the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which forced the end of slavery in Kentucky months after the...
4th - 5th Visual & Performing Arts