Civil War Era Inventors and Inventions Teacher Resources

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Artsgenesis: Civil War Tapestry

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students explore the Civil War and the many emotions that emerged during this era. The teacher arranges students in groups of families and prepares them to simulate typical responses during this era. The Civil War and Gettysburg is...
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Post-Civil War American History

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders examine significant events in Post-Civil War America. In this Post-Civil War lesson plan, 5th graders investigate the important events after the war in 19th century America. They read primary source documents about six...
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Technologies of the Civil War

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders discover new and interesting technologies of the Civil War. In this Civil War portfolio of lessons, 5th graders analyze primary resources, develop new vocabulary, investigate websites, and create a time line of new...
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The Civil War: A Nation Divided

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine the clash between the North and the South. In this Civil War lesson plan, students watch segments of the Discovery video "The Civil War: A Nation Divided". Students conduct further research pertaining to the economies...
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The Civil War 1850–1865

For Students 7th - 12th
In this online interactive history learning exercise, students respond to 10 short answer questions about the American Civil War. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive learning exercise.
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Trains, Telegraphs, and Steamships: War’s New Weapons

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine the technological weapons of the Civil War. In this Civil War activity, students research the use of trains, telegraphs, and steamships in the war. Students write newspaper articles pertaining to the new weaponry.
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The Pre-Civil War Era (1815–1850)

For Students 8th - 12th
In this online interactive U.S. history worksheet, students respond to 9 short answer and essay questions about 19th century America. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive worksheet.
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Cotton Pickin' Before and After the Civil War

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore the impact of cotton. In this economics lesson, students listen to a lecture presented by their instructor on the Southern crop of cotton and its impact on the South prior to and following the Civil War. Students...
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Civil War Kids

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders view a Powerpoint about lives of children during the Civil War and compare their lives to the lives of those children. For this Civil War Kids lesson plan, 2nd graders discuss similarities and differences between their...
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Civil War Research

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders research different aspects of the Civil War using various multi-media techniques. Students create a report based on their research that includes views of the war from the point of view of the North, South and slaves.
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Inventions of the Civil War

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders research Civil War inventions. For this creative problem solving lesson, 3rd graders look at inventions from the Civil War and how they influence life today. In cooperative learning groups, students pick and build a...
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A Nation Divided: Why Couldn't They Just Get Along?

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders examine both perspectives of the Civil War as related to the differing economies. In this nation divided lesson, 4th graders view primary sources, examine paper money and a political chart, and review recruitment posters. 
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Iron Thunder: Literature Circle Questions

For Students 3rd - 5th
Discussion questions and a list of post-reading activities for Iron Thunder, Avi's fictionalized account of the Civil War battle in which the Monitor was sunk, are provided by this two-page packet. Also included are a listing of other...
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Road to War Assessment

For Teachers 8th - 12th
In this American Civil War worksheet, students respond to 20 short answer, multiple choice, and true or false questions about the events that led to the outbreak of war.
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Norbert Rillieux, Thermodynamics and Chemical Engineering

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The man who invented the earliest examples of chemical engineering was an American-born, French-educated, free man of color before the Civil War, and went on to translate Egyptian hieroglyphics. There is something of interest for almost...
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Was There an Industial Revolution? Americans at Work Before the Civil War

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students tabulate the First Industrial Revolution where a significant number of inventions and innovations appeared transforming American life. Cite examples of change (ex. telegraph) in the lives of Americans during the era of question....
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Civil Rights and the 1950s

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Take a closer look at "one of the most important periods of American social history: the 1950s," as well as the type of society that the civil rights movement would endeavor to change. This engaging video begins by detailing the era of...
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Chalkboard Challenge: Social Studies Online

For Teachers 5th
If used as an independent review, this presentation could be a quick way for students to study U.S. History facts. Since it only presents a few simple facts, it would not be adequate for a comprehensive review, but a teacher could...
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Civil War Time Line

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students draw a time line on graph paper on a scale of one square to every five years beginning in 1770 and ending at 2000. They place historic events and inventions in their correct time period on the time line, and add their birthday...
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Should US Officials & Health Professionals be Investigated for War Crimes?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore ethical issues. In this human rights lesson, students read articles and documents related to torture used in government investigations and if medical ethical guidelines were adhered to. Students respond to discussion...
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Was There an Industrial Revolution? Americans at Work Before the Civil War

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate the First U.S. Industrial Revolution. They identify positive and negative effects of early industrialization, read first-hand accounts, role-play and interview individuals, and participate in a debate.
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I Want To Take A Picture In 1866!

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders examine the role of technology. In the Civil War instructional activity, 8th graders look at the advent of photography and determine the impact of photography on the Civil War.
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The Impact of Inventions on Life in America - Cereal Box Project

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Students investigate U.S. history by examining technology post Civil War. In this inventions instructional activity, students view a slide-show of images demonstrating how the U.S. transformed into an industrial powerhouse in the late...
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Deciphering Morse Code

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students write and decode messages using Morse code, as Civil War soldiers might have done. They use a worksheet imbedded in this lesson to help them experience morse code.
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What Happened to Slaves When their Owners Died?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers analyze last and testaments of former slaveowners to identify and explain economic, social and cultural differences between the North and the South leading up to the Civil War.
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Guys and Dolls

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders research and create clothing for guy and gal dolls of the Civil War period. In this clothing of the Civil War lesson, 5th graders understand how clothing was different from the ready to wear clothing of today. Students...
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Inventors & Trailblazers

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Young scholars are introduced to a groups of African American inventors. In groups, they research the role of each person in improving different industries. They also examine the barriers African Americans faced from the Civil War to...
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Created Equal: Inventing the American Republic

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders visit an exhibition at the Huntington Library about equality. They examine primary source documents and answer questions on their field trip.
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Uncle Tom's Cabin

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin is rich with historical elements, figurative language, compelling characters, and a devastating plot. Guide readers through the novel with a series of activities designed to activate...
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Placing Events on a Timeline

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Put important events in chronological order with a lesson about timelines. With a variety of topics stemming from world history, the packet of worksheets provides analytical activity for learners to decide where certain events fall...
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Growing a Nation

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders examine the major events and inventions that changed American families and communities.  In this US History lesson, 11th graders analyze various documents dealing with the changes.  Students create a project on an event...
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Industrial Growth (1865 - 1914)

For Teachers 9th - 12th
It wasn't like the American Industrial Revolution just happened overnight; or did it? Critically examine the inventors, inventions, investments, and tycoons that made the Industrial Revolution happen. Covered are over 50 years of...
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When Billy Yank and Johnny Reb Were Injured: Exploring Battlefield Medicine

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Learners research and present information about the state of medical science and practice during the Civil War. They research the medical training doctors received as well as field hospital practice of the time.
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Was There an Industrial Revolution? New Workplace, New Technology, New Consumers

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the changes in the U.S. in the period of industrialization before the Civil War. They analyze census data, list/describe inventions and innovations, explore various websites, conduct a Factory Simulation activity, and...
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Unionism versus Secessionism in Virginia

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders, in groups, analyze newspaper articles and then debate and discuss if Virginia should succeed from the Union or not.
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VS.7a

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders explore, analyze and identify the events and differences between northern and southern states that divided Virginians and led to secession, war and the creation on West Virginia. They discuss the conflicts that developed...
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Everyday Inventors

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Young scholars investigate inventions of the 20th century that impacted America. In this technologial advancements lesson, students use primary sources to research technological advances that impacted society and note their pros and cons.
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“Top Ten” Innovations and their Legacies

For Teachers 8th - 9th
Young scholars examine the impact of technological advancements. In this inventions lesson, students rank the top 11 inventions that have impacted America. Young scholars write papers that support their rankings.
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Study Questions: American Romanticism

For Students 9th - 12th
After studying American Romanticism, present your class with this two-page quiz. Since they originally followed a PowerPoint presentation (not included), you'll have to fill in some holes during instruction to prepare them for this quiz....
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Food

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students examine the types of foods eaten after the Civil War. They create their own cowboy style menu.
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Looking at Photographs

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders evaluate photographs as historical documents.  In this social studies lesson, 6th graders analyze photographs as propaganda. 
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African American Inventors: Elijah McCoy

For Students 3rd - 5th Standards
What do a folding iron board, lawn sprinklers, and a device for oiling engines on trains all have in common? They were all invented by Elijah McCoy, an African American inventor with 57 patents to his credit. McCoy is the subject of a...
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U.S. History: Lincoln As Commander-In-Chief

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine and determine Abraham Lincoln's effectiveness as commander-in-chief during the Civil War. Role-playing as historians, they write essays evaluating Lincoln's performance after conducting Internet research from provided...
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Prevent Child Abuse

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners research documents and photographs by Lewis Hine on child labor. They examine documents and summarize them. Students complete several photograph analysis worksheets. Their research and documents begin after the Civil War.
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Alexander Graham Bell: An Inventive Life

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Learners read aloud the story of Alexander Graham Bell and construct a timeline in groups based upon several books.  In this Alexander Graham Bell activity, students discuss what they know about telephones and record their thoughts on...
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Martin Luther King, Jr.

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students examine and discuss Dr. King's fight for equality and justice in the Civil Rights Movement. They locate words in a dictionary, read and interpret a poem about Martin Luther King, Jr., and discuss the holiday celebrated in his...
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The Next Fifty Years: What will the World Need?

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students participate in an assignment called Invention Independent Study. In this economics lesson, students analyze what this century needs and invent it. Their inventions must be somewhat futuristic and able to solve some important...
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The Impact of the Cotton Gin

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders study Eli Whitney and the cotton gin. In this instructional activity on the cotton gin, 4th graders use primary and secondary sources to gather information about Eli Whitney, the cotton gin that he invented and how it...
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MADAME C. J. WALKER

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders recognize the achievements of Madame C. J. Walker and select one long term and one short term goal and describe the steps necessary to achieve those goals.
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Cotton Production and Milling

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students examine cotton production and milling. They compete in a hand-ginning contest to realize how difficult it was to separate the seeds from the fibers of cotton. They discuss why Eli Whitney's cotton gin was an important invention.
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African American Inventors: Lewis Latimer

For Students 3rd - 5th Standards
Celebrate Black History Month getting to know more about Lewis Latimer. Here, scholars read about his life and success, then apply their new-found knowledge by responding to questions about the text with short answers. 
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Isn’t It Exciting? (The American Industrial Revolution and Urbanization)

For Teachers 6th
America was built on the ingenuity, work ethic, and foresight of our ancestors. Sixth graders learn about the complex Gilded Age in American history, including the prominent inventors and captains of industry, and how they all connect...
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Articles

For Students 5th - 6th
In this article review worksheet, students add, edit, or change articles to correct usage in sentences. In this short answer/article recognition worksheet, students answer thirty corrections.
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Yesterday: Our Energy Needs Over Time

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
How has our relationship to energy changed over time? An engaging exploration challenges learners to create a timeline showing human energy needs and uses over time. Scholars review what timelines are, choose a 50-year period in history...
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Revolutionary Money

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Examine paper money from the American revolution! Historians study the paper bills and discuss the history of money. How has money changed over the times? Activities are included. 
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Did You Know...

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners research about hispanic history. They complete a true-false worksheet together or in groups. They discover achievements by hispanic members of society.
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ESL: Punctuating Titles

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
When are titles underlined, italicized, or placed in quotation marks? Take your class to the computer lab to give them some independent practice. Here they read through the information, examples, and explanations provided. They then...
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Article Review

For Teachers 5th - 7th
In this article review learning exercise, students are given a passage they must correct for errors. Students correct mistakes in the articles usage in the passage provided.
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Riding the Pony Express

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders list the four W's of the Pony Express. They also write an article about Buffalo Bill Cody and discuss the important facts about the Pony Express.
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People From American History

For Students 4th
In this social studies worksheet, 4th graders will gain an understanding of nine famous Americans and their accomplishments to society. Students will complete nine fill in the blank statements about each individual.
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One Hundred Years of Solitude Quiz

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
In this online interactive reading comprehension activity, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Looking at Photographs

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students evaluate photographs as historical documents and photographs as propaganda.
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The Work of Mathew Brady: Summarize

For Students 6th - 8th
In this reading comprehension instructional activity, middle schoolers practice summarizing information as they read a 2 page piece about Mathew Brady and then complete a graphic organizer.
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From Slave to Entrepreneur: The Life and Times of William Ellison

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this South Carolina history lesson plan, 8th graders examine sources that require them to examine the life of William Ellison, a black slave...
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Kensington Mansion: Plantation, Sharecroppers, Tenants

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders investigate the significance of the Kensington Mansion. In this South Carolina history instructional activity, 11th graders take field trips to the mansion and research primary and secondary sources about plantations,...
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Photo Story/Video: Immigrant Experience in the Late 19th and Early 20th Century

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Learners consider the plight of immigrants. In this 19th and 20th century history lesson, students create digital stories using photographs and audio files from the Library of Congress that feature the experiences of immigrants to...
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Music-Follow the Drinking Gourd

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders study the song "Follow the Drinking Gourd." In this dance lesson, 4th graders listen to the book by the same name, listen to the music, and in small groups create a short dance illustrating a stanza from the song.
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Sunken Millions for People in our Past

For Teachers 5th
This multiple choice review covers famous historical figures from all walks of life.  each slide has a scoring set up in the corner which assumes two teams and allows for hints and lifelines etc. but it is not clear how to use this...
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King Cotton

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders investigate the farming process for cotton and its impact on the United States history. In this cotton farming lesson, 6th graders read background information on the cotton farming process and discuss the role of slavery in...
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Morse Code, Telegraph, and West Virginia

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students prepare for a visit to the West Virginia State Museum. In this West Virginia history lesson, students research the Morse Code and telegraph. Students create their own Morse Code and discuss communication history prior to...
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Experimenting with Peanuts

For Teachers 3rd - 7th
Students investigate peanuts. In this science lesson, students explore the properties of the peanut and shell. Students burn a peanut to observe the peanut oil. Students taste test different types of peanut butter.
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Slavery in the United States

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Students investigate the personal accounts of slaves in the United States. They participate in various activities according to grade level to examine the role of slavery in the South.
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Setting And Plot

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students engage in study of plot and setting with the reading of many familiar texts. They identify the plot and setting with the help of a worksheet. The teacher works with the class for scaffolding and helps them to recognize the...
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Action for the Great Lakes

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students review the geography of the Great Lakes and explore their importance in depth. In groups, they conduct Internet research on a topic related to the Great Lakes. Then they formulate a plan of action to address one of these issues.
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Assembly Line Burgers

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students explore the reasons why the assembly line was formed and how it improves productivity. They practice with their own assembly line by making "burgers" out of wafers and frosting.
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Workers in Factories During the Gilded Age

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders experience what life was like in the factories during the Gilded Age. They explore the reasons behind the move for work place reforms during the Progressive Era. Students discuss the factors that led to work place reforms.
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"Disregard of precedent and faith in possibility": Clara Barton

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students identify with and analyze the life and work of Clara Barton as well as about the founding and work of the American and International Red Cross, through the writing and production of a series of dramatic sketches based on their...
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Born on Halloween

For Students 6th - 8th
In this research skills worksheet, middle schoolers use an encyclopedia, almanac, web search, or other resources to answer the 5 questions about people who have birthdays on Halloween.
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Western Expansion

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders study the lives of cowboys and Indians during the time of Western Expansion.  In this American History lesson, 8th graders analyze various posters dealing with the Industrial Revolution and Westward Expansion.  Students...
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Sort It Out - Primary Access Immigration Stories

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders produce digital documentaries. In this immigration lesson, 7th graders compare and contrast American immigration waves as they examine photographs and documents from the Library of Congress. Students conduct further...
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Music: Follow the Drinking Gourd

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders use movement to express a concept. In this interdisciplinary lesson, 4th graders listen to the book, Follow the Drinking Gourd, which demonstrates the types of 'communication' used by slaves traveling the Underground...
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Working Conditions in the Industrial Age

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners examine working conditions during the Industrial boom. In this Industrialization lesson plan, students analyze primary sources in order to chart the responsibilities of workers in industrial jobs.
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Attitudes About Slavery in Franklin County, Pennsylvania

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the historical attitudes towards slavery in Pennsylvania. They read transcriptions from two Pennsylvania newspapers and compare/contrast the county's Republican and Democratic Parties' positions on slavery.
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Photographs of Lewis Hine: Documentation of Child Labor

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students use the Archival Research Catalog to complete assignments and activities about Lewis Hines and the National Child Labor Committee.
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Immigration in the Late 1800's

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders explore the progression of immigration patterns in the United States. They examine how immigrants perceived and adapted to the United States culture. Students discuss how immigrants were able to perserve their culture in...
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Immigration

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders explore and assess how historical depiction of immigration has affected the way in which we as individuals have come to view it. They identify and describe selected historical periods and patterns of change within and...
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American History: 1950-Present Exam

For Students 11th - 12th
In this contemporary American history exam instructional activity, students respond to 35 multiple choice questions that focus on the 1950's to the present.