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Students research the impact of European voyages of discovery and colonial influence on different aspects of American culture. They access a number of online sources and reference maps to trace the influences of England, France, Holland, Spain, Russia (among others) on the United States.
Seventh graders read Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett's, The Diary of Anne Frank while focusing on the survival and coping skills of the people living in the Secret Annex. They create a group slideshow which shows how they would survive in a stressful situation and tell about a current world situation that might necessitate the use of coping skills.
If you'd like to prompt some great discussions in your history class, this presentation will surely get your class talking. Addressing 19th century liberalism in Europe (including influences from England, France, America, and Ireland), the slides focus on key information and differences between the different schools of thought. The final slide, which details possible challenges to liberalism, could be applied to modern-day issues.
Students explore French geography, history and culture. They imagine that they are a tour company that is trying to promote the trip to prospective customers. In addition, they make travel arrangements in French, practice computer skills, and present information orally and in writing.
Students research how the field of war correspondence has evolved. For this war correspondence lesson, students read chapter's from Edith Wharton's book Fighting France, From Dunkerque to Belfort. Students investigate an American correspondent's experiences during World War I. Students create and present their own correspondence report.