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In this Tudor homes worksheet, students read about the importance of the still room and the herb garden in Tudor life. They locate and identify herbs, sketch a plan of a herb garden at Blakesley Hall, draw an herb, and locate a recipe that uses an herb as a medicine. They match pictures of herbs with their names.
Students identify what herbs are and list examples of some. Then, they discuss what insects do when they land on flowers and why botanists gave them the Scientific name of nasturtium. Students also draw nasturtiums and write a short essay about them that includes where they grow, what they look like, and what parts are edible if any.
Historical accounts of various events have proven to differ depending on the point of view of the person documenting the event. Learners read and analyze two first person accounts of acts of slave resistance seen at a southern plantation. They view the film Doing As They Can, read a text composed by Frederick Douglass, and then compare his version of the uprising to that of two different slaves. They compose a journal entry from the perspective of the slaves involved, being sure to include how they would see the event and why.
Students complete an herb garden project and learn about the Appalachian habitat. In this plant science lesson, students read a chapter from the novel 'Christy' and discuss the importance of herbs. Students research Appalachian herbs on the Internet and create an herb garden.
Young historians compare and contrast differences in the laws that regulated the activities of slaves and servants. They review and analyze a series of primary source documents to explain the social constructs related to slaves and servants during the 1700s in colonial New York. The lesson comes complete with handouts, worksheets, primary source links, and a historical context.
A cross-curricular lesson combines poetry and history for your middle and high schoolers. The class critically examines Kipling's poem, "White Man's Burden" as historical evidence of the Imperialist ideology popular during his time. The thorough lesson includes poems, analysis worksheets, and a viewer's guide for the film Savage Acts: Wars, Fairs, and Empire.
Building an argument with supporting evidence is a vital skill. Learners engage in a debate over the annexation of the Philippines after the Spanish-American War. They take on the perspective of an individual from that time period, analyze primary source documents, and use evidence to build a strong argument. Everything required for this lesson is included.
Young scholars discover the kinds of medicines used by midwives in the late 1700s by researching several herbs used by Martha Ballard. They research different herbs and found out how they have been used throughout history. Students create a book of the late eighteenth century herbal remedies.
Students analyze primary and secondary resources. In this medicinal herbs lesson, students conduct research to compare and contrast the medicinal herbs found in the Appalachian Mountains to medicinal plants found in the rainforest. Students write position papers regarding their findings.
Many educators focus on the civil rights movement as it occurred after Rosa Parks incited the bus boycott. Extend the understanding of the fight for civil rights in the United States with this post-WWII lesson. Learners examine and discuss several primary historical documents and a "who, what, where" activity to better understand life for African-Americans during the 1940s. They then compose an explanatory writing piece in the form of a letter home.
Provide your class with an opportunity to examine race through a variety of literary works. They read and analyze a chosen poem, interview, speech, or story describing race in America. They then use key words from the original work to create a found poem on what they understand about race. This is a great activity!
How has your local neighborhood changed throughout recent history? Young researchers evaluate census data, images, and primary source descriptions describing the living situation in the antebellum Five Points neighborhood. They consider the historical context, immigrant population, and the portrayal of their neighborhood. Analysis worksheets, articles, and primary source documents are all included; just look to the blue links at the right side of the document.
Young historians consider the cause and effects of the Emancipation Proclamation. They use handouts, response sheets, and class discussion to build an opinion about the subject after viewing the PBS documentary Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided. This is a very good lesson that should get your learners into critical thinking.
What was life like for Irish immigrants settling in America during the late 1800's? Learners examine primary source documents, such as lyrics, poems, and letters, to understand the immigrant experience. They then use those primary source documents to compose a found poem, which they will share with the class.
Numerous people from China immigrated to the US during the era of Industrialization and Expansion. Provide your class with a glimpse into the life of a Chinese immigrant through the poetry they left behind. They will analyze the poems then compose one of their own from the perspective of a Chinese immigrant.
Social Studies and role-playing can go hand in hand. Learners use supporting evidence found in primary and secondary source material to develop a character from the Five Points neighborhood in the 1850s. Each student takes on the role of a reformer or a resident of the area debates social issues in character. Links to worksheets, handouts, source materials, and a film are all included.