Eras in American History Teacher Resources

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In this lesson plan 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.
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 plan, it is appropriate for any time of the year.
Students examine why it is important to study American history. In this American history lesson plan, 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 study Japanese American internment camps. In this American history lesson, students compare and contrast the camp internees' experiences with with team sports-related challenges students have encountered. Students discuss team sports and study images of baseball pictures. Students complete a compare and contrast graphic organizer. Students read the book Baseball Saved Us, discuss the story, and write their own story about participating in a team sport.
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.
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.
Ninth graders explore various time-periods in American history. They select important events, people, places, and artifacts to explore. Students present their information to the class using PowerPoint.
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.
Students explore the contributions of African Americans of the 20th century. In this African American history lesson, 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.
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, they identify the location of plantations on a map.
Fifth graders research the history of the American West. For this United States history lesson, 5th graders complete 6 activities to learn about the American West. Students research the Oregon and California Trails, the Donner Party, Kit Carson, John Fremont.
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.
Students 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.
Pupils achieve a culminating year-end review of activities. All types of learning styles are addressed and students can work individually or with others.
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. 
Learners examine the suffrage struggle of African Americans. In this American history activity, students research primary documents regarding the strategies used by African Americans to secure the right to vote during the Civil Rights Movement. Learners analyze the success of the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
High schoolers watch a video that highlights the role of artists' images throughout the history of Black music in the United States and describe the influences of the civil rights movement on Black culture.
Students explore the plight of the African American enslaved woman. In this American history lesson, students conduct research examining primary and secondary sources to uncover the reality of slavery for the African American woman.
Students investigate the history of African Americans by researching Harlem.  In this culture lesson, students examine a slide-show of images and identify the great African American singers and performers of the 20th century.  Students recite important quotes from the era and explore the beautiful music made in the Harlem Renaissance.