Pennsylvania State History Teacher Resources
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New Review The History of Hindu India
What obstacles did India face during their post-colonial formation after gaining independence? Topics discussed in the lesson include Pakistan's conflict over Kashmir, the Indian Constitution, economic development, and the influence of Hindu ideas today.
7th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Trey and Dave go to Africa: Music
Trey from Phish and Dave from the Dave Mathews Band took a trip to Africa to explore music, culture, and history. Your class watches this episode from VH1's Music Studio to understand how African culture and music have influenced modern American artists.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Reliving History through Slave Narratives
Helpful for an American literature or history unit, this lesson prompts middle schoolers to examine slavery in the United States. They read slave narratives that were part of the Federal Writers' Project and then conduct their own research on slavery in the nation.
5th - 9th Social Studies & History
Natural Gas and Pennsylvania’s Future
Beginning with a general discussion about natural gas, methane, and hydrocarbons, a few videos and diagrams are projected to support the lecture. Individuals participate in a brief activity by drinking juice through a straw, and then again while a piece of sponge is placed in the cup.
9th - 12th Science
New Review The Past, Present and Future of the Bubonic Plague
It may be startling to know that the same bacteria responsible for the Bubonic Plague in the mid-fourteenth century still exists today. But don't worry, this video examines the causes and effects of the Black Death, and why the disease doesn't pose the same threat that it once did.
4 mins 7th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
How Do Artists Effectively Relate Historic Events?
Students explore African American migration. For this black culture and history lesson, students use a map to identify northern and southern states in which African Americans lived in the 1900s. Students observe and describe objects and events depicted in photographs and paintings of rural and urban homes of African Americans during this time period.
2nd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts
The Restoration Colonies
Explore the earliest American cities in this presentation, which details the demographics, geography, and characteristics of New York, Pennsylvania, and the Carolinas, among others. These slides help to fill in the gap between the landing of the Mayflower and the American Revolution.
8th - 11th Social Studies & History
Mary's Choice: To Go or Stay?
Students read about Mary Jemison and her decision to stay in her adopted Indian culture or return to her native culture. In this Pennsylvanian history lesson, students read about the true story of Mary Jemison's kidnap as well as her assimilation into the Seneca tribe.
4th - 6th Social Studies & History
Abolish the Office of Governor
Students explore the history of the Pennsylvania Constitution of 1776. In this historical analysis lesson, students analyze the constitution of the state and determine how citizens benefited (or didn't benefit) from the document. Students write persuasive essays regarding Pennsylvania's constitution.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
The Pennsylvania Turnpike: Then and Now
Students study the history of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. In this Pennsylvania history instructional activity, students use primary documents to study the history of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. In a culminating activity, students create an advertisement for the turnpike demonstrating their knowledge of it's history and features.
4th - 5th Social Studies & History
US History Overview 1: Jamestown to the Civil War
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.
18 mins 8th - 11th Social Studies & History
Immigrants' Experiences in Colonial North Carolina
What would it have been like to leave your birthplace and move to a brand new colony? Why might you have decided to move? What challenges would you have faced? As part of a series of lessons about the history of North Carolina, middle schoolers examine primary sources that document the experiences of two groups of settlers in North Carolina during the colonial period.
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
8th Grade U.S. History Task Study Packet
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.
8th Social Studies & History
Levittown, White Picket Paradise?
Young scholars study the origins and happenings of Levittown, Pennsylvania. In this Pennsylvania history lesson plan, students use primary and secondary sources to research the beginnings of Levittown, PA. As a culminating activity, young scholars write a fictional letter to the governor of Pennsylvania in regards to the happenings in Levittown.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
Mr. Coal's Story: An Appeal to End Child Labor
Students read about child labor in the early 20th century. In this Pennsylvania history lesson, students read a story about child labor and discuss reasons why child labor laws should have existed during the early 20th century.
4th - 5th English Language Arts
Betrayal of Penn's Promise - The Walking Purchase
Middle schoolers role-play the 1737 Walking Purchase. For this Pennsylvania history lesson, students role-play the 1737 Walking Purchase and analyze its effects. Middle schoolers also consider how it would affect their community today.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
Digging, Smelting and Forging: But Why in Pennsylvania
Students examine the history of the iron industry in Pennsylvania. In this iron industry lesson, students learn about Israel Acrilius and his role in the iron industry. Students identify natural resources used in forging iron. Students define the economical factors, environmental factors, and historical events that played part in Pennsylvania's iron industry.
7th - 9th Science