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Ninth graders investigate why Acadians moved to Lousiana.  In this geography lesson, 9th graders research the migration of Acadian to Louisiana and how that influenced the culture.  Students analyze a list of cultural and physical characteristics of Canada and find those present in Louisiana. Students create a map showing migration patterns. Students write a paragraph about the importance of ethnic identity.
Students explore the history of Baton Rouge. In this Louisiana history lesson, students examine primary sources for information about Baton Rouge in the 1820's and make a case for the city to become the state capital.
Eleventh graders examine the civil rights struggle in Louisiana. In this Louisiana history lesson, 11th graders access the Louisiana Digital Library Database to listen to interviews with civil rights activists from the Natchitoches/Cane River region. Students compose essays using their findings and impressions.
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary resources. In this Louisiana history lesson, students examine digital images for information about the economy in the state during the Depression era. Students discuss their findings with their classmates.
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary resources. In this Louisiana history lesson, students examine Governor Roman's 1833 message to the Louisiana Congress. Students take notes on the provided graphic organizer.
Eleventh graders interpret historical evidence presented in primary resources. In this Louisiana history instructional activity, 11th graders examine primary sources pertaining to the life and accomplishments of Justice A.P. Tureaud, Jr.
Third graders study factual information about Louisiana including the state flag, bird, tree, and important geographical points using the Internet and maps. They explain the different groups that settled the state in this mini-unit.
Learners research the prehistoric earthworks site at Poverty Point, Louisiana. They compare the Louisiana artifacts and structure to the remains and knowledge of other ancient cultures. They present their research to the class.
Students research primary readings concerning first hand accounts of the Indian tribes living in and around Louisiana's River systems. They complete a brief character sketch of each tribe characterized in the digital readings. These accounts are from a message from President Thomas Jefferson to Congress in February of 1806.
The Poverty Point Culture of Louisiana is described in detail within four slides of this six-slide PowerPoint. Four detailed paragraphs help describe the economic legacy that existed in Louisiana. A table, map, and photo are included to help students better understand the text. After reading through this PowerPoint, you can have students create their own presentation about one aspect of the Poverty Point Culture. Note: This PowerPoint is derived from the 2008 LA Comprehensive Curriculum.
Go back in time and do the math for the major land purchases in US history. An activity testing skills in scientific notation and exponent rules allows learners to research the three major land purchases and use those findings for their calculations. A great way to incorporate cross-curricular topics into the classroom, but may require some additional resources for learners. Activity asks for conversion into acres and current price value which are not given in the resource, but can be provided separately. 
Complete with territory maps, photos, and interesting anecdotes, this video covers the major events of American History, roughly from 1754 to 1865. Plymouth and Jamestown are mentioned in the beginning of the video, but the speaker "fast-forwards" 130 years to discuss the French and Indian War. This is an engaging way to review American history up to the Civil War for students who might be a little fuzzy on the details.
Learners analyze the significance of the city of New Orleans and the Mississippi River. In this Louisiana lesson, students research primary and secondary sources for information on the economic significance of the port of New Orleans and the Mississippi River to the U.S. economy in the 19th century. Learners compose essays using their findings.
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students read a 2-page article regarding Louisiana and respond to 10 true or false questions regarding the selection about the state.
Eighth graders locate the major land forms and bodies of water on a map of Louisiana. In groups, they discuss the role of the Mississippi River in the Battle of New Orleans and how land and water affect the outcome of battles. To end the lesson, they write a paragraph about the causes and effects of the War of 1812.
Eighth graders interpret historical evidence presented in primary resources. In this Louisiana history lesson, 8th graders research their parish history using the LOUISiana Digital Library resources. Students create multimedia presentations based in their findings.
Students describe the events that led to various immigrant groups settling in New Orleans; differentiate between the white and black Creole population; explain the results of each immigrant group's relocation; and determine the areas of religious settlers
A well-done and informative presentation, this resource could be used to pique interest in Lousiana's history. This presentation about Poverty Point, a mound created by Native Americans, is a fascinating exploration of this topic. What is most interesting about the subject is what we don't know. This presentation discussed the things that are verifiable, such as the size of the mounds, and the issues that are still under debate, like the purpose of the formations.
Students analyze photographs featuring 1950's women. In this Louisiana history lesson, students investigate selected digital images of women in the 1950's. Students investigate the images and other sources in order to compose essays regarding the role of women in the 1950's.
Even a cumulative review can include main ideas, key events, supporting details, and critical thinking. An excellent 8th grade history review is yours for the taking. It includes topics that range from the thirteen colonies to post Civil War reformation. There are 10 full assignments compiled in a fourteen-page packet. 

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