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Fifth graders study the contributions of Phillis Wheatley to America. In this primary source research lesson, 5th graders use the provided pathfinder to locate historical documentation of Wheatley's contributions during the Revolutionary War Era.
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.
Students explore U.S. History by writing poems. In this United States leader biography lesson, students identify elements needed to create a good poem, and write a Bio-Poem about themselves. Students utilize the same form to write a biographical poem about a famous figure from the United States such as George Washington.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students discuss and research different Supreme Court cases and examine religious freedom and prayer in public schools.
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.
Students explore the geography of the United States by researching Virginia.  In this U.S. History lesson plan, students examine important dates and individuals that helped form Virginia into one of the more popular U.S. States.  Students view a time-line PowerPoint presentation showcasing the events that have taken place since Virginia was created.
Students reflect on Abraham Lincoln's views of slavery.  In this United States History lesson plan, 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. 
Eleventh graders create an illustrated historical fiction paper written in the first person as if they lived in North Carolina during the time period from 1780-1800. They used the Eastern North Carolina Digital Library and a timeline of American history.
Have your class explore U.S. history by discussing religion in the colonial era. Your fifth graders review the history of Pennsylvania and the conformist views placed upon immigrants to the country. Then, they read a letter Benjamin Franklin wrote regarding the influx of German immigrants to the U.S. during the 1700's. This is a great way to promote critical-thinking skills.
Students answer Civil War questions. In 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.
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 plan, 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.
Eleventh graders interpret the Preamble of the Constitution.  In this American Government instructional activity, 11th graders synthesize a modern translation.  Students analyze the changes in interpretation of the Preamble over the course of U.S. History. 
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.
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.