Influential People 1914-1933 Teacher Resources
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Challenge historians to investigate influential African-Americans through this online research activity. Learners undertake this task using online links, some of which require investigative searching. Print the worksheet out first, so students can write as they research. There are 31 short-answer questions, followed by a final short-essay response, and a connection to the community asking students to research a local "outstanding African-American." Most links operate.
Fifth graders read Chapter 12 in their social studies book, as well as trade books, and encyclopedias. They identify major events that took place during the American Revolutionary War. Students create a song (groups of 4-5 people) using the events, a familiar musical tune, and motions.
Eighth graders get a firm understanding of the major contributions and defining characteristics of the American Presidents.
Students examine the Booker T. Washington commemorative coin and listen to a biography of Washington's life. They develop a list of reasons why his life was commemorated with a coin. They examine other coins and the lives and work of influential African Americans.
Eleventh graders explore the African American culture and history of Kentucky. They observe how an author's personal bias can define the argument of his/her publication. Students analyze primary source documents.
Learners trace James Brown's rise from "Little Junior" in Depression-era Augusta, Georgia, to the "Minister of the New Super Heavy Funk" and create a collage that captures his impact on American music.
Students explore how immigration, citizenship, due process of law, and the freedoms of speech and assembly have shaped American values throughout American history
Students use primary documents to examine the attitudes and positions of several factions leading up to the American Revolutionary War. They read documents, debate differing perspectives and write an essay exploring the reasons for revolt.
This can be a good time for students to discuss what the idea of the American Dream means to them.
Here is a wonderful presentation, perfect for setting the stage for the Revolutionary War. Containing great information and images, it acts as a timeline of events starting with the French Indian War and ending with the dawn of the American Revolution. The plan of union, Stamp Act, Boston Tea Party, Tea Act, Boston Massacre, and George Washington are described in rich detail.
Beauty, art, and truth is the creed of the poet, and the Harlem Renaissance was all of those things. Discover the reasons for the great migration north, the poets, musicians, and artists that were part of the Harlem Renaissance. Slides contain images and great information on many influential people of the time, as well as their contributions to modern American culture.
Political satire has been around for many years and is gaining popularity as more satirical television news show are aired. Ask your class to analyze the role of political satire and humor in American politics. The resource provides articles to read as well as some links to relevant video clips. Some of the video clips provided have been removed by the user, so you might need to find a couple on your own. After a discussion, pupils compose an essay response. Class members will most likely need more time than the amount allotted to compose their essays.
Ninth graders explore the history of the African Methodist Church in the United States. In this African American history lesson, 9th graders discover why the church was founded and research its history and noteworthy members. Students read some primary source archives and discuss historic preservation.
Students investigate the goals and methods of the House Un-American Activities Committee and offer an opinion regarding whether their investigation of Hollywood was justifiable.
Students research and analyze the interactions of American Indian tribes with Meriwether Lewis and iam Clark. Then they stage displays to inform the public about their findings.
Learners explore cultural myths in America by collecting images and characteristics of stereotypical Americans. They read a primary source document, discussing the views of the author in class. Next, they compare the terms used to describe Americans in the document to their list with Venn Diagram. Finally, they view Oklahoma! and assess the American image represented in the musical. Young historians can then complete a writing assignment based on the comparisons. Extensions included.
Students investigate facts about the war in Korea in the 1950's and attempt to classify American foreign policy as a triumph or a failure. Why the U.S. became involved and the unpopularity of the war in America forms the focus of this lesson.
Learners focus on the problem of African American leadership throughout American history. In groups, they research the life and works of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois and how they worked to promote the need for African American leaders. They examine the reasons why Washington's ideas lost followers and DuBois gained followers. To end the lesson, they discuss if either man's ideas would be accepted today.
Students discover the story of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment. In this American Civil War lesson, students study the life of Robert Gould Shaw and the regiment he led. Students research primary and secondary sources to learn about the campaign and write reflective essays.
Students identify American heroes. For this research skills lesson, students discuss the characteristics of heroes and examine society's definition of heroes. Students research selected American heroes of the 20th century and create trophies that they would present to them.