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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 plan is to help students gain an understanding of how the Dawes Act was received by and affected the American Indians.
Summarize how government policies and changes in consumer demand contributed to a decline in the rail industry during the 20th century and identify key factors that are helping the rail industry prosper. Learners give an ample amount of examples of how government policies have helped and hurt market participants.
Here’s an activity that asks class members to synthesize and apply what they have learned of the stock market crash and of the political philosophies of Herbert Hoover and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In the first part of the exercise, each class member is given a problem and writes a letter addressing either FDR or Hoover. For part two of the activity, the letters are redistributed,and individuals assume the role of the president being addressed and respond as the president would. A list of problem statements and complete directions for the activity are included in the packet.
Young scholars create an advertising campaign to persuade the Founding Fathers to adopt a particular political philosophy. Working in groups, they conduct research about a certain political philosophy. Students create a pitch to be made to the Founding Fathers as they create their new government.
Students identify how the Great Depression affected various groups in society. They propose solutions for some of those problems. Students comprehend the general political philosophies of Herbert Hoover and Franklin Delano Roosevelt and apply them to real world problems. They become familiar with New Deal legislation.
Young scholars consider a series of arguments for a particular set of policy proposals that have wide ranging implications not only to the non-economic objectives of a government but also to the wider efficiency and equity of the economy as a whole. They conduct research, prepare an argument and presentation for a panel of their peers.
Here is a terrific series of lessons designed for fifth graders on North American Indians and how they lived. The lessons cover many aspects of their culture, art, governments, religious practices, and ceremonies. This 12-page plan outlines many excellent small-group and whole-class activities which should lead to a greater understanding an appreciation of these important cultures.
An online interactive history quiz awaits your eager upper graders. They respond to 50 multiple choice questions about the Federalist Papers, and then submit their answers to be scored. While the quiz covers some pertinent information, the advertisements on the side of the website are really quite distracting!