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Study History through Journal Keeping
8th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Journal writing can be a fun way to bring history to life. Upper graders read a series of journals from the time of the westward expansion, specifically the pioneer journey along the Oregon Trail. They compose an ongoing journal from the...
Understanding American Government: The Role of American Government
9th - 11th
Why does America have a government and what is its purpose? Kids have these questions answered as they view a slide show describing aspects of US Government and politics. A well-organized resource with clear information regarding the...
What does the Constitution say about voting? Constitutional Amendments and the Electoral College
7th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
As part of a study of voting rights in the US, class members examine Constitutional amendments connected with voting and the role of the Electoral College in the election process.
Pioneer Perspectives-Diverse Opinions on Westward Migration
5th - 6th
Students examine the Westward Migration and expansion of the United States from the perspective of a family migrating westward. They analyze pictures, and in small groups write and present a script based on a photograph, expressing the...
Establishing Borders: The Expansion of the United States 1846-48
3rd - 8th
Students investigate how the United States acquired land after the Revolutionary War ended. In this establishing borders lesson, students use maps to identify territories acquired by the US and the states that later developed. Students...
Post-Classical: Regional and Transregional Interactions
9th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
International trade from 600 AD to 1450 AD resulted in the flourishing of post-classical civilizations, the expansion of Islam across many regions, and the transmission of rare materials and innovative ideas — not to mention the spread...
Westward Expansion: Chief Joseph's Words Of Surrender
5th - 8th
Students explore westward expansion in the United States as it relates to Native Americans and the novel Holes. Students read a passage from Holes and discuss how westward expansion affected the Native Americans. Students compare and...