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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.
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.
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.
How have historical events impacted American Indians? Research what Montana Indian life was like before, during, and after Europeans moved to America. Learners will be assessed on their creation of a timeline. Two possible websites are included, but consider providing young learners with additional websites to explore.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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