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Third graders discover the importance of the Virginia Assembly in English America as a governing body. After discussing the formation of the House of Burgesses, they elect their own representatives to make class decisions. In groups, 3rd graders compose lists of rules that would benefit early settlements such as Jamestown.
Students explore slavery by reviewing the written laws intended to keep African Americans subservient. In this U.S. slavery lesson, students analyze a time-line of the history of African Americans. Students discuss the patterns of the time-line and how the legal codes restricted freedom of black men and women based upon their population.
Kids who take the Regents Exam really need to know a lot of information. This is a wonderful exam review tool that includes 26 pages of questions, charts, and suggested readings to help upper graders pass the test. It focuses on all aspects of the US Government including, the three branches, powers, separation of powers, the Amendments, case studies, checks and balances, rights, and judicial process. This could also be used a guide to teaching a unit on the US government.
Have your class examine the use of rhetorical devices, communication, and speech after reading Words Change the World. They analyze speeches, compose a paper, and use rhetorical devices in their own speech. This is an extensive instructional activity which you can use in parts or as a complete project.
Fifth graders view primary documents to become familiar with the causes of the American Revolutionary War. In this Causes of the American Revolution lesson, 5th graders answer questions based on the documents. Students complete a graphic organizer projected on an overhead projector.
George Washington and the new nation of the United States of America faced many problems in their inaugural years. Use this activity as a straightforward approach to learning about the reasons the country was experiencing a lack of unity, the status of their economy and foreign relations, and some of the congressional actions in the president's first term.
Focusing on the Virginia and Maryland settlements in the 1600's, this presentation is a complete and thorough resource during a unit on Colonial America. It includes pictures, maps, and interesting discussion points for you to address with your history students. The length and breadth of this presentation makes it ideal to break up over many different class sessions as you complete your unit.
Students identify and examine the Declaration of Independence and ascertain its true intent and its eventual realization. Then they analyze the Declaration of Independence and summarize the intentions of the Declaration. Students also evaluate the degree to which public policies and citizen behaviors reflect or foster the stated ideals of a democratic republican form of government.
Students compare the histories of Japan and the United States by creating horizontal time lines of the two countries. They conduct research via the internet and available text books to complete their time line. The class discusses the similarities and differences of the two cultures.