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Sixth graders examine the role of anthropologists. In groups, they compare and contrast two different groups of civilizations. Using primary source documents, they discover how various cultures and ideas spread throughout the world. As a class, they also discuss how new research can change history.
Students improve English language skills through multiple, varied exercises. In this ELL lesson, students identify useful information from several sources of oral information (news broadcast, speech, discussions). They also demonstrate reading comprehension by answering questions based on a written passage; complete vocabulary building exercises and write a persuasive essay.
Eleventh graders investigate the issue of government policy and its affect on racial, ethnic and religious groups by analyzing the Dawes Act of 1887. The purpose of this lesson is to help students gain an understanding of how the Dawes Act was received by and affected the American Indians.
Pick and choose which activities to include in this crime scene investigation. Junior detectives can examine fingerprints, DNA, blood samples, or bone structure. The plan suggests you have teams solve a mystery, but it does not give you a specific mystery for them to solve. Although many suggestions are provided in the outline, you still will need to use your creative and planning powers to make this lesson complete.
Students engage in a lesson to find information about the history of the Little Shell Tribe. The concepts of sovereignty and treaty are defined in relation to the information gathered using research methods. They answer the inquiry of how the tribe applied for recognition by the government.