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Bring social studies to life! This interdisciplinary lesson plan has young writers tell the story of the migration of diverse groups of people to the United States. Pupils view the work of selected choreographers and discuss how dance often tells a story. A research component allows them to collect data on select populations to inspire written stories and creative dances.
A good handout is a great find. Print this resource and hand out a simplified version of the US Constitution and Bill of Rights to your US government or US history class. The powers of the president, Congress, and the Senate are outlined. The first ten Amendments are also outlined. Note: The number of activities you could create with this resource is limitless!
Students research slavery in ancient Rome and compare and contrast it to slavery in the United States. In this slavery lesson, students investigate the differences of slavery in different parts of the country, write a paper to report their findings, and create drawings that also depict the results of the research.
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. After, they write descriptive stories that reflect what they learned in their research.
Students investigate racism in the United States by creating a menu. For this Civil Rights lesson, students identify the cruelties enacted upon African Americans in the 1950's and 60's as they fought for equality. Students create a menu representing Civil Rights leaders for a fictitious restaurant in Birmingham, Alabama.
Students determine how the issue of slavery is treated in the Constitution. In this U.S. Constitution lesson, students explore the views of the founding fathers on slavery and investigate the complexity of slavery issues. Students analyze the text of the Constitution prior to making group presentations.
Advertisements from antebellum North Carolina that concern runaway slaves, and slaves for sale, make for an interesting study of American slavery. Learners investigate and gain experience working with primary sources, while connecting the past to the present as they analyze the slavery advertisements for typical items, details, and attitudes displayed in the syntax toward items wanted or lost.
Seventh graders examine the various racism and discrimination faced by various ethnic groups in the United States. In groups, they research the legal system and describe the purpose of the United States Constitution. They review cases brought before the Supreme Court and share their effectiveness to change society. To end the lesson, they discuss what the founding fathers meant by racial superiority.
Seventh graders use print and electronic resources to gather and analyze information on the political system in the United States. Using the Constitution, they identify and discuss instances of racism included in amendments and laws. In groups, they use this information to perform a skit, make a poster or write an essay on the effects of these amendments or laws on the African-American community.
Seventh graders study the ideologies of life, values, love, peace and struggle of African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans as citizens of the United States. Authors and artists are used as tools to open the eyes of the students and allow them to see the impact and significance of cultures upon the history of the United States. Through traditional stories from different groups, they explore the customs and beliefs of their culture and others.
Eighth graders determine how secession impacted South Carolina as well as the United States. In this American Civil War lesson, 8th graders examine selected primary and secondary sources in order to study the state's sovereignty and the conditions that led South Carolina to secede from the Union.
Students examine the influences of the Hispanic culture in the United States. In groups, they read about the life of a slave in Cuba and identify the misconceptions are discussed. As a class, they define racism, read an essay and discuss how it relates to society today. To end the lesson, they research how the class system is changing in Puerto Rico and the role of women in the culture.