Genealogy Teacher Resources
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Unexpected Family History
The history of the northern states' involvement in the slave trade is not widely known. This resource uses the PBS documentary, Traces of the Trade, and the nonfiction book, Children of the New England Slave Trade, to examine this aspect...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Cultural Discovery and Identity Project Generation Journey
Students create a genealogy book tracing their heritage many generations back. They examine their own ethnicity, attitudes, and self-awareness. They examine new American trends regarding family structure and ethnicity.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History
Genealogy through Technology
Students research their family history. In this genealogy lesson plan, students research their own family. Students use storyboarding to organize their information. After gathering information students create a Powerpoint presentation to...
7th - 8th Social Studies & History
Reading Questions: Alex Haley's "My Furthest Back Person: The African"
Based on Alex Haley's moving essay "My Furthest Back Person: The African," these 11 questions support comprehension and prepare readers for discussion of the text. Use this tool, and the essay, as a nonfiction addition to units on...
8th - 12th English Language Arts
Where Did Our Families Come From?
Young historians focus on their own family histories in this instructional activity on genealogy. The class discusses where their families came from, what kinds of people have settled in Colorado, and how many generations of their family...
4th - 6th Social Studies & History
Genealogy: Coming to America
Students discuss how Ida McKinley's parents immigrated to the United States from Europe. Individually, they use the internet to research the history of their own family. To end the lesson, they share their family's history with the class.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
Where Were Your Ancestors in 1871?
Here is a nicely designed lesson plan on ancestry and family history. In it, learners read an article entitled, "Where Were Your Ancestors in 1871?" Then, they make up a series of questions to profile their family and their community 100...
5th - 8th English Language Arts