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Research characteristics of slavery during the 19th century by reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Also view several informational texts, pictures, story illustrations, and primary source documents. Pupils write an expository paper describing 19th-century slavery and create a PowerPoint presentation or poster board display.
Students discuss the Preamble of the Constitution. In this slavery instructional activity, students read a portion of the Declaration of Independence and discuss its meaning. Students read and discuss the Preamble to the Constitution. They pretend they are slaves and write their reactions to this information.
Students create working definition of common citizen, and investigate and discuss important sections of Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, and other Amendments. Students demonstrate understanding of events that changed representation in the United States.
Young scholars explore the economic factors surrounding slavery in the United States, such as the Triangle Trade. For this American History lesson, students analyze primary sources such as narrative accounts and pictures, to gather information about the Middle Passage and the slave trade in the United States.
Young scholars investigate slavery in America circa the American Revolution. They will examine point- of view and perspective as they research a variety of informational resources. While this is designed to be used with the PBS video Slavery and the Making of America, it is useful even without the video. You will find a plethora of links, ideas, and resources for thoroughly and creatively covering this topic.
Learners define national identity, explain importance of having national identity, describe America's national identity, work together and formulate class vision of what America's national identity is, identify United States symbols and explain how they express national identity of country, interpret documents and other artifacts for their contributions to national identity, and identify historical and modern day heroes who personify America's identity.
Students assess where the presidents of the United States were born and analyze the role of geography in determining the outcome of presidential elections. They create graphs visualizing the birth and home states of the presidents along with the elections for President of the United States.
Students discuss the misrepresentations of African Americans in the United States. In groups, they examine the life and accomplishments of William Lanson and the importance of extending the Long Wharf. Together, they pretend they lived during Lanson's time, create a problem that could impact all of New Haven and develop solutions to end the lesson.