United States History Teacher Resources
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Fourth graders examine the life of Powhatan. In this Native American history lesson, 4th graders analyze primary sources available from the Library of Congress. Students analyze primary images and documents about slavery. Analysis of best practices and technology integration articles are included to further support the teacher of this lesson.
Eleventh graders examine the presidency of Lincoln. In this American History lesson, 11th graders watch various videos on Lincoln and the Civil War. Students read and answer questions.
Students investigate the international background and consequences of The Louisiana Purchase, The War of 1812, and The Monroe Doctrine. The lesson helps to improve critical thinking skills about American History.
Students create illustrated timelines to accompany the historical events and people they have studied. In this chronological history lesson plan, students collaborate to create timelines that are enhanced with each new historical era they study. An example may be accessed on video.
What a great way to incorporate current social trends and a historical research project. The class completes to win the title of "American History Idol." They each choose a historical figure from a list of 100, research, evaluate informational text resources, and create a skit they will perform for the class. Each skit will be voted on and the winner receives an "American Historical Idol" t-shirt. Sounds like a blast.
Students explore aspects of Asian-American culture. In this lesson plan, students use the internet to research American history and the Asian American experience, complete Asian inspired art and read a biography. This lesson plan includes web links and cross curricular extensions.
Students use the internet to research people who have contributed to the cause of freedom. They identify examples of freedom which are important to them and categorize them. In groups, they create a timeline of the Freedom Fighters and design a PowerPoint presentation. They design their own display of wax figues using the information they collected while researching.
Students compare paintings to make conclusions about American History in the Revolutionary War time period. Students share opinions concerning visual art. Other artwork can be used to entice inquiry as needed.
It's always a good time for students to go over lesson plans that talk about America's birth.
Middle schoolers research and retrieve information from the Internet. They participate in an online quiz. They identify areas of cultural diversity in United States history.
What is a political party, and what major parties exist in American politics today? How did the party system develop in American history, and how are parties organized? These questions and many other details regarding the political party system in the United States government are addressed in this publisher-designed presentation.
Learners use images to create a timeline of Deborah Sampson's life. In this Revolutionary War lesson, students read the book The Secret Soldier by Ann McGovern. They create a time line showing Sampson's life from 1760 - 1830 which includes her time fighting in the war disguised as a man.
Eleventh graders examine the job of a citizen. In this civics lesson, 11th graders create a human timeline discussing the different groups that struggled with voting rights. Students research these groups and present their findings to the class.
Students examine events that occurred and explore the differing sentiments between the British and American colonists in the years leading up to the American Revolution. They view and discuss a video on the events then analyze quotes from a variety of primary source documents.
After reading and discussing a news article from the New York Times regarding gay and lesbian issues of the last thirty years, young scholars engage in several activities to explore current events. They create a timeline, either electronically or on paper, that documents the events of the last few decades. Students split into groups to research topics such as religion, politics and law, schools and youth, popular culture, and science and health.
Fifth graders collaborate with another fifth grade classroom while learning about various locations in the United States. This is a telecollaborative video conferencing project that is designed for students studying United States history and geography.
Sixth graders examine the California Gold Rush. In this historical perspectives lesson, 6th graders analyze primary sources available from the Library of Congress that feature the gold rush and implications of gold mining in the state.
Students conduct inquiries and research-acquiring, organizing, analyzing, interpreting, evaluating, and communicating facts, themes, and general principles operating in American history. They use the Declaration of Independence to formulate the historical question: What should I expect to see in a constitutional government according to the standards set forth in the US Declaration of Independence.
Fifth graders research assigned women from the revolutionary time period, using primary sources. In this American History lesson, 5th graders break into groups and create a power point of the information they have found about the woman of their choice. A worksheet is provided to help with the information gathering.
Fourth graders investigate a person's life through primary resources. In this American biography instructional activity, 4th graders look at historical sources to discover things about a person and the time period he/she lived. They build a story about this individual and how their actions changed the community.