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Students take a closer look at historical relations between the United States and Mexico. In this Texas annexation lesson, students examine primary documents authored by Zachary Taylor, James Polk, and Abraham Lincoln to consider why the United States entered the Mexican War. A historical document analysis worksheet is included.
Students read and analyze the founding documents of the United States. They read and discuss the article "Understanding the Meanings and Purposes of Our National Documents" by Richard J. Gonzalez, complete a KWL chart, and create a timeline of historical events in the U.S. and the development of significant documents.
Students identify and interpret traditional historical points of reference in U. S. history through 1877. Then they identify the foundations of representative government in the United States. Students also identify the American beliefs and principles reflected in important historic documents. Finally, they write an analysis or essay comparing and contrasting significant historical documents of the United States
Students are introduced to the importance of the Brown v. Board of Education case that ended segregation. As a class, they discuss how each of them would respond in different scenerios if they were a young African-American. They also examine other cases dealing with this issue and discuss the importance of equality in the United States.
Students explore the historical importance of the Emancipation Proclamation. In this United States History lesson, students use the internet to research the specific events that were centered around the Emancipation Proclamation, then complete a K-W-L Chart and write questions that are in "Jeopardy" format.
Students investigate primary and secondary sources about the history of Thanksgiving. In this literacy and United States history lesson, students complete a KWL chart based on discussion and the reading of 3 relevant primary sources provided. Students create an informational picture depicting what they learned using Kerpoof's Make a Picture/Story program.
Students examine the Reconstruction Era. In this American history lesson, students explore the condition of the United States following the Civil War as they read statistical data. Students analyze the Reconstruction policies to determine how well they helped mend the nation.
Seventh graders explore the democratic republic principles of U.S. government. For this U.S. government lesson, 7th graders compare and contrast the governments of ancient Athens,the Roman Republic, and the United States today. Students write letters to their representatives from the perspective of citizens in ancient Athens or the Roman Republic.
Examine the United States through the lens of intolerance using this 2-week unit plan, which includes details for 13 days of instruction. Scholars study examples of prejudiced behavior throughout history, discuss issues in groups, investigate genocide, analyze primary sources and legislative landmarks, and finally apply their knowledge to a study on the Holocaust. While texts are not included, all readings are named and some could be located on other sites. Discussion questions are strong.
Students explore immigration to America throughout history. In this United States history lesson plan, students complete a variety of activities involving immigration. In one example students create interviews with book characters which they tape and show in a presentation.
Tenth graders, after reading two excerpts about contemporary child labor situations, discuss two broad questions in detail along with the industrial boom following the Civil War conditions in the United States. They investigate how the Marylanders were affected by Progressive efforts to end child labor.
Learners examine the life of Prince Hall who became a member of the Free Masons during the time period of slavery. Depending on the grade level, they are shown pictures or read a reference guide listing the characteristics of each philosophy. To end the lesson, they discuss the meaning of freedom and identify the factors one needs to feel a part of a society.
Should Americans provide compensation to those whose ancestors suffered from slavery? Read and analyze the arguments of two modern-day journalists on the topic. Then, have a discussion on both the merits of the arguments as well as what the members of your own classroom think!
Read about Abraham Lincoln, slavery, and the Civil War, then analyze a quote and a painting. Learners read the provided background information then answer three questions related to Lincoln's views of the Civil War. They analyze a painting of Lincoln in relation to a quote from the Emancipation Proclamation.
Pictures and photographs can help us foster greater connections and a deeper understanding of a historical time period. After closely analyzing several images that depict slavery and the Underground Railroad, your class will have the opportunity to then use their creative skills to write a narrative from the perspective of a historical character in the images.
The Solomon Northrup Narrative provides class members a chance to investigate plantation life from the point of view of a slave. A provided guided-reading worksheet encourages readers to think deeply about the institution of slavery, the daily life of a slave, and the abolitionist movement as they read the story of a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. Links to Northrup’s story and other slave narratives are provided.