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American Biography: Phillis Wheatley, Life in a Box, Revolutionary Timeline, Pathfinder
Fifth graders study the contributions of Phillis Wheatley to America. In this primary source research activity, 5th graders use the provided pathfinder to locate historical documentation of Wheatley's contributions during the Revolutionary War Era.
Bio-Poems and U.S. History
Young scholars explore U.S. History by writing poems. For this United States leader biography lesson, students identify elements needed to create a good poem, and write a Bio-Poem about themselves. Young scholars utilize the same form to write a biographical poem about a famous figure from the United States such as George Washington.
Putting History in its Place
Examine ways in which historic places and landmarks represent significant themes and events in American history. Then create theme-based travel guides for related historic locations. This lesson requires informational reference materials and includes great discussion questions and extension activities.
A Timeline of Early American History
Students explore the history of Virginia. In this lesson on early statehood, students view several PowerPoint presentations and then research, design and create a classroom time line of Early American history. This lesson includes several activities, multiple slide-shows, and primary resources.
The End of Slavery in the United States DBQ
Fifth graders reflect on what slavery might have been like. In this U. S. history lesson, 5th graders, participate in a class discussion about slavery, then create a timeline of what a slave's life might have looked like.
Looking for Lincoln's Views on Slavery
Learners reflect on Abraham Lincoln's views of slavery. In this United States History lesson, students analyze how things have changed in the United States over the course of their lifetime, then use this information as a comparison to how Lincoln's views on slavery changed over the course of his presidency.
U.S History I Review for History Il
Learners review all the information they gathered in their first United States History class. They identify the major contributors to early American history and how they have affected America today. In groups, they create a newspaper on one topic and share it with the class.
U.S. History Timeline
Fifth graders complete a timeline activity in which they outline the events from explorations to the early Colonial era. In groups, they discover an overview of the events that lead up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. They select three important dates within different eras and write a report on them.
Have your class engage in critical-thinking activities using this resource. Learners discuss a variety of topics they think get too much, or too little, attention from the press. They analyze why these topics are over or underrated. Then, they write critiques of their U.S. history textbooks with respect to the attention given to particular topics.
To Buy or Not to Buy
Students examine how boycotts have promoted economic, social, and political change in U.S. history. They research current boycott targets, create promotional flyers, and analyze economic and non-economic factors that influence the efficacy of a boycott.
A Timeline of Virginia History
Learners explore the geography of the United States by researching Virginia. In this U.S. History lesson, students examine important dates and individuals that helped form Virginia into one of the more popular U.S. States. Learners view a time-line PowerPoint presentation showcasing the events that have taken place since Virginia was created.
Writing to Reflect on African American History
Students perform in a play demonstrating and event or significant individual in African American history. They research significant events and individuals in African American history. They write and present visual presentation that accurately portrays significant events in African American history.
Live from Channel 22
Students explore 1920s America. In this American history instructional activity, students research primary and secondary sources in order to examine the events and noteworthy people of the time period. Students use their research findings to create radio news programs.
Civil War Bingo
Students answer Civil War questions. For this Civil War United States history lesson, students copy Civil War vocabulary and phrases onto squares on a Bingo card. Students cover a Bingo square in response to each question asked by the teacher. Questions are included with the lesson.
Social Studies: People and Their Contributions
Students, working in groups, research people who have made significant contributions in history. They compile biographies about their chosen individual, including what they think might have happened if this person had not made the contribution to U.S. history. Students assemble multimedia presentations on their projects.
Students investigate racism in the 20th century by exploring U.S. History. In this Civil Rights lesson, students review the history of slavery, the Civil War and the fight for equality in the mid 1900's. Students complete Civil Rights worksheets and present a fictional news show to their classmates discussing the history of Civil Rights and African Americans.
Defining America: The Preamble of the Constitution as a lens to view the changing definition of American-ness
Eleventh graders interpret the Preamble of the Constitution. In this American Government lesson, 11th graders synthesize a modern translation. Students analyze the changes in interpretation of the Preamble over the course of U.S. History.
Racial Integration in American Schools
Explore racism in American history by viewing the images included. Groups collaborate to utilize the think-pair-share technique, brainstorming about words that describe modern schools. They view a slide-show of pictures related to integrating the school system over 50 years ago.
Philanthropy and Philanthropists' Qualities
Students explore the meaning of the term "philanthropy" and the qualities that philanthropists share, especially good character and personal virtue. They list and describe how three volunteer groups act for the common good and summarize how five individuals in United States history demonstrated good character and personal virtue.
American Biography: David Walker, Life in a Box, Antebellum Timeline, Pathfinder
Fifth graders study the contributions of David Walker to America. In this primary source research activity, 5th graders use the provided pathfinder to locate historical documentation of Walker's contributions during the Antebellum Era.