Eras in American History Teacher Resources

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In this lesson students research an important event in American history and use drama, art, music, and dance to express their findings. Suggested activities include illustrating a time line, decorating a shoe box, reciting a speech, putting on a play, or singing a traditional song from a particular time period.
Introduce your class members to the essential questions and information they will be learning in an American history unit with a game app that can also be used again as a review at the end of the study.
Groups of high school learners conduct research on a particular era of African-American history, focusing on events, people, and places important to that era. Next, they review children's literature in four different genres. As a culminating activity, group members combine what they have learned in their research and readings to create their own piece of children's literature based on African-American history.
African-American history is an integral part of what America is. Learners examine important events, read informational texts, and create quilts depicting specific eras in African-American history. Each image created for the quilt will be followed by a written explanation of its significance. This is a great lesson, it is appropriate for any time of the year.
What is a political party, and what major parties exist in American politics today? How did the party system develop in American history, and how are parties organized? These questions and many other details regarding the political party system in the United States government are addressed in this publisher-designed presentation.
The purpose of this resource—to help increase understanding of the Progressive Era—is excellent, as are the numerous available resources. However, the instructions are somewhat unclear, so be prepared to fill in a number of blanks. After reviewing more than ten sources of information, individuals write a narrative description of this era. Next, the class divides in two to debate whether the Progressives failed or not. Lastly, individuals reflect on the validity of a quote about building healthier communities.
Compare and contrast old and modern historical accounts of the life of Thomas Jefferson. Learners begin by evaluating the responsibilities of history textbooks in reporting historical events, people, and eras. Next, they discuss how new information should be used to enhance the information contained in standard texts. This exercise could be used as a critical thinking activity for your class.
Students explore the contributions of African Americans of the 20th century. In this African American history lesson plan, students examine portraits of Muhammad Ali, Romare Bearden, Lorraine Hansberry, Judith Jamison, and Leontyne Price in efforts to analyze the images and make inferences prior to discovering their individual contributions.
Does music unite or divide Americans? How does music reflect and influence American culture? After journaling an initial response to these central questions, groups examine primary source documents, listen and respond to a wide range of music, and the whole class engages in a “Public Issues Discussion” or SAC. The exercise concludes with individuals crafting an essay in which they argue that music has united or divided American culture.
Fifth graders are introduced to different aspects of African-American history through literature, art, and films. As a class, they are read a story about the Underground Railroad, identify the main characters and put the events into chronological order. They read another story and view artwork on their own and answer questions. To end the lesson plan, they identify the location of plantations on a map.
Students examine why it is important to study American history. In this American history lesson, students discuss why it is necessary to study history, arrange an outline of American history events in chronological order, and write an article with a futuristic look back at history.
Students explore the story behind the song "Battle of New Orleans" and explain how a historical event was explained in song. They reserach other songs with historical content and write their own set of lyrics to teach about an event in history.
Young scholars discuss the popularity of the American Girl dolls and write a wish-list for a nine-year-old girl. After reading an article, they discover the differences between this doll and barbie. As a class, they brainstorm eras or point of views that have not been addressed by the doll company. They sketch a picture of the doll to represent one of these eras.
Eleventh graders explore and identify the challenges that African Americans have faced as they've struggled for equality throughout American history.  In this American History lesson, 11th graders the effectiveness and the impact of Supreme Court decisions on the equal treatment of African Americans over time. 
Students examine how people have contributed to American history, regardless of culture, race or religion. They develop a sense of pride for their own efforts, as well as for the efforts of others. They also study how to work both independently and in a group.
Students explore how immigration, citizenship, due process of law, and the freedoms of speech and assembly have shaped American values throughout American history
Students examine different decades in American history, finding connections between the historical events and the poetry written during these time periods. They write their own poetry based on current world events.
Students examine the state of women's rights in Revolutionary America. In this women's history  lesson, students research Internet and print sources regarding the evolution of women's right, or lack thereof, from colonial times to the infancy of the new republic. Students use online resources to investigate the state financial health and use their findings to write essays
Suggested books to help students better understand African American history.
Eleventh graders analyze the fight of African Americans.  In this American History lesson plan, 11th graders analyze the attitudes towards blacks in the military during WWI.  Students debate the performance of the 92nd division.