Eras in American History Teacher Resources
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Black and White in United States History: A Gray Area
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.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 76 Views 750 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
The Fabric of 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.
5th - 12th Social Studies & History 18 Views 127 Downloads
Hidden Stories: A Three-Part Lesson in African-American History, Research, and Children’s Literature
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.
10th - 12th Language Arts 19 Views 103 Downloads
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.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 36 Views 23 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
A Review of American History
In this activity 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.
4th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 24 Views 92 Downloads
Westward Expansion Project Choices
What a great list of brief research projects for reviewing the era of westward expansion in the United States! Learners are directed to choose and complete three of the projects on the given list, which includes opportunities to design timelines, write letters to historical figures, create a website, construct a relief map, etc.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 28 Views 19 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Music and the American Identity/American Culture
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.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 92 Views 82 Downloads CCSS: Designed
American Revolution Project
Here you will find three simple and engaging American Revolution projects that will allow your learners to not only express their comprehension of major events and key terms during the war, but also offer the opportunity for great creativity and fun!
7th - 8th Social Studies & History 21 Views 23 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Writing the History of African American Slave Women
High schoolers 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.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 10 Downloads
Billie Holiday's Song "Strange Fruit"
Pupils analyze a variety of primary source materials related to lynching (news articles, letters written to or written by prominent Americans, pamphlets, broadsides, etc.) in order to assess the effectiveness of the anti-lynching campaign spearheaded by African-Americans.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 11 Views 74 Downloads
The American Puritan Tradition and Dilemma, Part III
To conclude a three-part unit that examines how different writers express their views on the American Puritan tradition, class members compare the views of Ralph Waldo Emerson as expressed in his essay on "Self-Reliance" with those presented in Jonathan Edwards' sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.
11th - 12th Language Arts 18 Views 11 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Exploring The American Dream
What is the American Dream and how is it achieved? This lesson focuses in particular on the rise of the American Dream during the 1950s and includes a variety of primary sources for class members to interact with as they explore this idea and prepare for a Socratic seminar and a quick essay response.
10th - 12th Language Arts 66 Views 79 Downloads CCSS: Designed
The Vietnam War & its Impact on American Society
Foster discussion in your advanced high school history class with primary sources from the Vietnam War era. After a timeline activity involving manipulatives, pupils get down to business analyzing and categorizing the document set. All of this work is in preparation for a fish bowl discussion and timed essay.
10th - 12th Language Arts 83 Views 75 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Lincoln and Civil Liberties
Students explore the suspension of habeas corpus. In this American history lesson, students examine how President Lincoln handled constitutional issues during the Civil War as they research, debate, and write about the topic.
8th - 12th Language Arts 12 Views 42 Downloads
The Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s and Today
Discover the fascinating history of the Equal Rights Amendment and discuss the major implications and considerations associated with it today. Here you will find background information on the topic, a graphic organizer summarizing arguments for and against the amendment, and primary documents surrounding the issue that class members can analyze and discuss in detail.
5th - 12th Social Studies & History 6 Views 2 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Read All About It! California History of the 30s and 40s
Explore the Great Depression! Discover the challenges people experienced during the time period. Learners investigate photographs from the Dust Bowl and WWII era and create a story line about the photographs, writing a newspaper article based on their observations.
3rd - 8th Social Studies & History 16 Views 132 Downloads
A Brief History of Women in America
The story of women throughout American history is fascinating. Travel the path from domestic slave to the modern day with advocates such as Susan B. Anthony, the Grimké Sisters, and Gloria Steinem. A wonderful presentation that shows how women throughout American history have fought to overcome slavery, inequality, and prejudice against all.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History 14 Views 29 Downloads
Women of the West
Students explore the roles of women in the American West. In this American history lesson, students use primary sources to research women from different cultures who lived in the American West. Students also examine secondary sources regarding the topic.
9th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 4 Downloads
Of Mice and Men and Migrant Farm Workers of the Great Depression
As part of their study of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, class members explore the lives of migrant workers during the Great Depression. Groups examine primary and secondary sources to gain an understanding of the travails of men like George Milton and Lennie Small.
9th - 12th Language Arts 33 Views 155 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Travel Through Time
Eleventh graders explore and identify the challenges that African Americans have faced as they've struggled for equality throughout American history. For this American History lesson, 11th graders the effectiveness and the impact of Supreme Court decisions on the equal treatment of African Americans over time.
11th Social Studies & History 3 Views 2 Downloads