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Our National Documents
High schoolers 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.
Our National 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 Finally, they write an analysis or essay comparing and contrasting significant historical documents of the United States
Brown v. Board of Education
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.
The Emancipation Proclamation
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.
Kerpoof Lesson Plan: Thanksgiving
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.
The Battle Over Reconstruction: The Aftermath of Reconstruction
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.
Eleventh graders trace the history of intolerance in American history and familiarize themselves with the actions of the United States towards the Holocaust. They explore present day Holocaust denial and Neo-Nazism in the United States.
Looking Back to Move Forward
Students investigate, through interviews, personal reflection and research, the impact on the past, present and future of 20th century historic events in the United States.
Intolerance in American History
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.
To Be or Not to Be Democratic
Seventh graders explore the democratic republic principles of U.S. government. In this U.S. government lesson plan, 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.
An Immigration Study
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.
Child Labor in Maryland: An Historical Investigation
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.
Photography and the National Park Service
During the 1800s the United States was expanding westward; land was there for the taking. Kids explore how some early photographers used their photography to influenced the US Congress to save areas like Mirror Lake. They complete a journal reflection, participate in a class discussion, and analyze three photographs from the period.
Second graders complete centers all dealing with geography. In this geography lesson, 2nd graders write letters to pen pals, tell time to the nearest half hour, complete a puzzle, find information about different U.S. cities, compare weather around the United States and much more.
American Civil Rights Movement Menu
Students investigate racism in the United States by creating a menu. In 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.
Family and Household Structure
Learners examine what the word "family" means today. They identify cultural traditions that are still popular in the United States. They read primary source documents and discover how advice is passed on from generation to generation.
Criminal or Hero
Fifth graders explore the origins of slavery. In this US History lesson, 5th graders create a map of the United States that shows where slavery existed. Students examine the life of a Northern slave through the use of a video.
The United States Constitution and Slavery
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.
Prince Hall and His Organization of Black Free Masons in the United States
Pupils 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 instructional activity, they discuss the meaning of freedom and identify the factors one needs to feel a part of a society.
Compensation for Slavery
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!