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Populism and the Election of 1896
Students research the Populist movement and the election of 1896. In this US history instructional activity, students watch a PowerPoint about the populist movement. Students read documents about Mary Elizabeth Lease and William Jennings Bryan. Students complete a worksheet about the the information.
"The Big Cheese"
Eleventh graders research and examine the significant individuals of the 1920s and their impact on American society. They identify characteristics of people who make a difference, and in pairs conduct research on two people with differing points of view from the 1920s. Each pair presents a dialogue performed as the two people researched.
Populism and the People’s Party
Students examine the history of the Populist Party as it relates to its reforms and economic plight. In this Populism and the People's Party lesson, students explore why farmers experienced financial difficulty at the end of the century. Students work in groups to compare the railroad expansion map of 1870-1890 to the one of mining and cattle frontiers in 1870. Students discuss historical events that described one group of people taken over the authority of another group.
The Spanish American War (1898-1901)
In this online interactive history quiz worksheet, students respond to 50 multiple choice questions about the Spanish American War. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
The Election of 1896 - Gold or Silver?
Students analyze the issues behind the Election of 1896 and describe the positions of William McKinley and William Jennings Bryan. They evaluate editorial cartoons supporting McKinley's candidacy via editorial cartoons. Each student creates original cartoons supporting Bryan and explains them to their peers
Huey Long-"Every Man a King"
Learners examine the governorship of Huey Long. They view and discuss Ken Burn's documentary, "Huey Long," read and discuss a speech, conduct Internet research, and create a visual display of their research information.
"you Shall Not Crucify Mankind Upon a Cross of Gold!": The Issue of Bimetallism in the Late Nineteenth-Century
Young scholars investigate the monetary system during the late 19th-century. They view a video, answer discussion questions, read and discuss text, and write an essay justifying either the pro-silver or pro-gold standard side.
"You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold!" The Issue Bimetallism in the Late Nineteenth-Century
Young scholars research the basis of the monetary system suring the 19th century. They complete a worksheet and justify the pro-silver or the pro-gold argument.
United States Entry into World War I: A Documentary Chronology of World War I
Students identify several important events that led to U.S. involvement in World War I. They examine different explanations, form an opinion about the evidence for each rationale and then create a slideshow to present their findings.
Learners describe the role of public relations in the history of the American Presidency. They evaluate the public relations campaigns of different Presidents. Students identify an event in the history of the American presidency.
Whose "Truth" Is Out There?
Students read article It's a Fact: Faith and Theory Collide Over Evolution, and examine different ways people arrive at what 'the truth' is, focusing on the evolution vs creationism debate that has been a hot topic throughout the 20th century.
Replacing Missing Links in the Evolutionary Chain
Examine the evolution of various species of hominids from their earliest existence approximately 4.5 million years ago to today. In small groups, learners research one of the ten stages of hominid evolution and then create a poster and visual timeline to represent how man has changed. The focus is on physical characteristics and how they indicate who our closest ancestors might have been.
One is Silver and the Other's Gold
Students investigate the money supply and how it can affect the value of money. They examine how the changing money supply can affect prices.
Progressive Movement in Nebraska and the United States
Students interact with the whole progressive movement and its impact on the U.S. They list the goals of the movement. In addition, they organize primary resources and interpret political cartoons. Each student shares one of their reflections on a political cartoon with the class.
In this online interactive history quiz learning exercise, students respond to 50 multiple choice questions about the accomplishments of Woodrow Wilson. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
The Gilded Age & the Progressive Era (1877–1917)
In this online interactive philosophy worksheet, students respond to 7 short answer and essay questions about the Gilded Age and Progressive Era in the United States. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive worksheet.
Changing Ways of Life
In this 20th century American history worksheet, students read "Changing Ways of Life," and then respond to 5 main idea and critical thinking questions about 1920's America.
Populism & the Election of 1896
Populism and the rise and fall of the Populist Party are the topics of this presentation, which details the Presidential Election of 1896 and the role of silver. Detailing main points with clever political cartoons and informative maps, the slideshow takes students through the issues of the time - namely, the battle between gold, silver, and the prominant political parties of the time. The presentation also draws the famous analogy between The Wizard of Oz and the plight of the
In this online interactive history quiz worksheet, students respond to 50 multiple choice questions about the accomplishments of Theodore Roosevelt. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Why did people care about the Butler Act?
Students review information about religious movements in the United States. In this Butler Act lesson plan, students view a video and read in their textbook about the Butler Act. Students review documents about the Scopes trial and complete a graphic organizer using guided questions.