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Although designed for the Canadian War Museum, the concept here is a solid one. Class members select an artifact from the First World War, examine it, research it, and craft an explanative label that they attach to their picture and post in a classroom gallery. The instructor first models the process and then individuals select an artifact and begin their research. After sharing with a partner, participants revise their work and finalize their writings. The twist is that individuals share their partner's artifact with the class. Expectations for the format and content are detailed and worksheets are included in the packet.
Students remember the Holocaust. In this Holocaust lesson students visit the websites for the Queen's Film Theatre, the Imperial War Museum, and the Jewish Museum to view information about the Holocaust and concentration camps.
Students explore the lives of spies. In this secret government agencies lesson, students visit the Imperial War Museum and the Essex Secret Bunker online or in person to discover details about Britain's spies and secret bunker.
In this ESL editing worksheet, students will focus on error correction and editing. Students will read a short passage correcting any spelling mistakes or omissions from the article.
Students explore the controversy surrounding the ban of Nazi memorabilia and other hate-related artifacts from online auction sites.
What, if anything, makes a war "just"? This is an interesting and important question to explore with your class, and you can utilize an excellent lesson plan to support your group inquiry. The American Revolution and the War of 1812 are focus subjects in this investigation into the concept and justification behind war as a whole.
Students sort Civil War primary documents into those of the North and the South. In this Civil War lesson plan, students choose an item to write about and put it in a PowerPoint.  Students become familiar with viewpoint of North and South.
Imagine being a war photographer embedded in World War I. How do you see your role? How might your photos influence that study of the war? Of history? Class members select a photograph, adopt the perspective of the photographer, and craft an analysis of the picture. Detailed directions for the activity, as well as photos and worksheets are included in the packet. Although designed for Canadian students, this activity could be easily adapted to any classroom.
 This simple two-day instructional activity introduces learners to the differences between primary and secondary sources. The instructional activity includes group work that explores the similarities and differences, and the advantages and disadvantages of primary and secondary sources that the instructor provides. Extension activities are provided. 
Students examine the Cold War roots of the recent debate over the construction of United States and Russian missile defense shields. They begin by reading and discussing the article, Putin Says Russia Would Counter U.S. Shield.
Learners analyze the language used in political debates. In this linguistic analysis lesson plan, pupils study various techniques used to convey meaning and extend that knowledge with analysis of several presidential debates.
Third graders examine the contributions of Francis Marion and Nathaneal Greene. In this Revolutionary War lesson, 3rd graders use primary and secondary sources to research Marion and Greene and the accomplishments of their men during the war.
Young historians study civilian Arkansas during the Civil War. They look at the many challenges they faced to keep their homes in order while the men were at war. Learners hear stories of bands of outlaws who ravaged the state during this time, and they prepare oral reports on the most prominent ones.
Students research major events of the Cold War. They analyze a timeline of events, select an event to research, conduct Internet research, and write a mock news article that includes direct quotes and images.
Students explore facets of the Cold War. In this Cold War history lesson, students research a Cold War event in order to write a news story about the events that features direct quotations and images.
Students examine communist Russia. In this lesson on changes in politics, students work in small groups to compare and contrast soviet communist era citizen rights to those of the US. They participate in discussion of a film and create a presentation on the Cold War to share with the class. This lesson includes multiple online resource links.
Students exercise their creativity by designing an original quilt and a written explanation of its meaning. They use primary sources to develop an understanding of Underground Railroad routes through Indiana.
Scholars assess how word choice and linguistic patterns affect a presidential debate. They examine candidates' words for repetition and analyze what this repetition means. Then they locate countries that fit the expression free world. In the end, they participate in a round table discussion.
Start by reading the poem "Everyone Sang" by Siegried Sassoon. The archive also houses an audio clip, so consider playing that instead of reading it aloud. After hearing the poem twice, middle and high schoolers will discuss a list of questions to analyze the poem, and then they will identify the poem's mood. Does it change from stanza to stanza? extension activities are also included here. 
Students examine facets of the Gulf War. In this Gulf War lesson plan, students review vocabulary and people related to the war. Students then research various Gulf War Topics in heterogeneous groups. Students share their findings with their classmates.

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