United States History Teacher Resources
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Points of Light Institute
Students summarize the points of light call to action that President Bush has called upon and fill out a timeline. In this taking action lesson plan, students discuss the impact of Bush's call to action, and reflect on personal responsibility.
Eighth graders investigate Constitutional Convention debates. In this early American history lesson, 8th graders analyze speeches delivered by Benjamin Franklin at the convention and then research Franklin's life. Students also define terms that Franklin used in his speeches with the provided worksheet.
Lesson: Factors in a Successful College Experience
What obstacles face Navajo teens living on reservations? Let the stories do the teaching as scholars watch clips and read articles about the Native American youth experience. There are several clips provided, which you can easily access on the website. The article links don't work; find the resources online by simply searching the title. As learners watch the clips, encourage note-taking to help them complete a triple Venn Diagram comparing and constrasting student experiences. They examine statistics and analyze one article. Pupils propose a solution, relating it to the first-person accounts they heard. There are great extension ideas to deepen research and sensory experiences.
American Biography: Benjamin Banneker and the Rise of the City, Life in a Box, Revolutionary Timeline, Pathfinder
Fourth graders investigate a person's life through primary resources. For this American biography lesson, 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.
Illuminating American History
Eighth graders evaluate the effectiveness of adding visuals to printed documents by exploring "The Invention" pages of the "Gutenberg Education Module". They use the techniques of illumination and rubrication to manipulate documents from American History.
Great Women in American History
Learners, in groups of four, read a chapter form Great Women In American History, and then give a presentation on the chapter they read to the class.
How Historical Events Helped Shape the Life of Deborah Sampson, an American Hero
Students 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.
The Road to Citizenship
Eleventh graders examine the job of a citizen. In this civics lesson plan, 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.
West with Lewis and Clark
Learners participate in a simulation of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In this hands-on American history lesson, students become characters from the early 1800's and make the journey west. They write journal entries, make decisions, and participate in projects during the 4 weeks needed for this lesson.
Road To Revolution
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.
Where in the United States Are We?
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.
Where's the Gold Mountain?
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.
The Stamp Act Effect
Sixth graders examine the Stamp Act. In this Stamp Act lesson, 6th graders analyze documents surrounding the Stamp Act. Students determine the reasons, oppositions and impacts of the Stamp Act and organize this information on a chart. Students use this information to create an essay.
Expansion and Reform: Applying the Declaration of Independence
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.
Women of the Revolutionary War
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.
U.S. History: 1400-1600 Matching Activity
In this U.S history worksheet, students match 2 sets of terms correlating to the 1400-s through 1600's in United States history.
Freedom Fighters Throughout American History
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.
American History Mysteries: Lincoln's Assassination and the Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping
In this American history mysteries: Lincoln's assassination and the Lindbergh baby kidnapping learning exercise, 6th graders read about the suspects charged in the Lincoln case, then write a brief profile of 6 characters in the Lindbergh case.
The Figure of Paul Revere. Romanticizing Colonial American History
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.
American History Lesson Plans
It's always a good time for students to go over lesson plans that talk about America's birth.