United States History Teacher Resources

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Students explore the idea that progress for some might not mean progress for all. In this Native American lesson, students recognize different viewpoints about historical events through the study of primary documents. Students decipher the meaning of primary documents and write a relevant question.
Discuss the differences between the North and the South and how those differences led to the Civil War. Middle schoolers examine and analyze a famous speech or writing by President Lincoln in order to better understand the speaker's argument and discuss the conflicting opinions of the President during the war. After analyzing the speech or writing, learners write an essay in which they briefly summarize the speech.
Students prepare to take a well-informed virtual field trip to historic Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They use formatted techniques to create a presentation for a designated audience.
Fourth graders research pioneers who had a strong influence on westward expansion. In this westward expansion activity, 4th graders write an essay about four pioneers and an interview script about one. Students work in pairs to present interviews.
Students explore how workers, both today and in colonial times, worked within their societies to produce specialized goods and services and became interdependent. They explain how people became less self sufficient in their economic lives as they became more specialized.
Learners review their knowledge on the First Amendment. After reading an article, they identify specific church and state issues. Using the Internet, they research President Bush's proposal from a specific point of view. They summarize their opinions in a mock radio call-in show where each learner is given a specific role: radio host, proponent, opponent, or listener. 
Applying the five themes of geography, preteen explorers develop a visual aid for younger learners in celebration African American History Month. They investigate the political, geographic, economic, and social aspects of the continent of Africa. Several reading selections, handouts, and vocabulary links are all embedded into the comprehensive lesson plan. Make sure to check it out!
Fifth graders use online resources, interviews with experts, and background knowledge from their classroom instruction to design a Colonial American exhibit for a Maryland museum. They work in partner groups to explore the online content.
Get your young scholars connected to the ideas and perspectives that lead to the institutions of the past. Learners are grouped into Northeast, South, and West. They research their section of the country as it was in the 1800's, then engage in a discussion or debate on a variety of topics.
Students research narratives from the Federal Writers' Project and describe the lives of former African slaves in the U.S. -- both before and after emancipation.
Young scholars apply the global positioning system to create maps of local historical sites. By collaborating with local historical groups, they research events and relate them to broader, national history. In addition to writing essays about the locations, students display their map in the school hallway and teach their parents how to use GPS units.
Young scholars research narratives from the Federal Writers' Project and describe the lives of former slaves in the U.S. In this slave narratives lesson, students interpret primary source oral history documents and summarize narrative of former slaves. Young scholars compare and contrast life during slavery.
Go back in time and do the math for the major land purchases in US history. An activity testing skills in scientific notation and exponent rules allows learners to research the three major land purchases and use those findings for their calculations. A great way to incorporate cross-curricular topics into the classroom, but may require some additional resources for learners. Activity asks for conversion into acres and current price value which are not given in the resource, but can be provided separately. 
Seventh graders explore the goals of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s.  In this US History lesson, 7th graders read a newspaper article that reported a significant event during this era.  Students write a summary of this event.
Learners gain an appreciation for geologic and historic time. They gain a general amount of information of the development of hte Chicago area, with particular attention given to the role of the Chicago River. Students contruct a time line using events from US and Illinois history.
Students examine and read about Pomp, the infant son of Sacagawea. They research the Lewis and Clark expedition, create a storyboard presenting important events, and design a Powerpoint presentation.
Students study Presidential history by researching Abraham Lincoln.  In this U.S. history lesson, students discuss the changes in the 5 dollar bill and create a timeline of Abraham Lincoln's life.  Students complete a puzzle activity based on the leadership characteristics of Lincoln.
Students consider the plight of immigrant food industry workers in the United States. In this social justice activity, students identify the pros and cons of being an undocumented worker in the U.S. and discuss labor laws.
Young scholars study the image of Andrew Jackson. In this presidential history activity students investigate the political image that was groomed by Jackson as they examine advertisements. Young scholars compose essays regarding the topic.
Students explore U.S. history by viewing a Civil Rights video. In this Harriet Tubman lesson, students identify the era in which Tubman fought for equality and list her important achievements after viewing a biographical film. Students create a chart based upon their identification of Tubman as an American hero.