Abraham, Martin, and John
Students examine U.S. history through the lens of protest songs. They analyze the song lyrics and research the life of the song writer and time period. Afterward, they write a paper to synthesize the analysis of the lyrics and their research.
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The President’s Desk
What stories can a desk paperweight and picture frame possibly tell us about the president of the United States? Pupils are transported to the desk of President John F. Kennedy through a highly interactive and engaging online interactive...
4th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Emancipation Proclamation
Start your class on the Emancipation Proclamation. The entire text of the Proclamation is included here along with two questions to answer. Space is provided to allow pupils to write their responses right on the page. Use this as a quick...
8th - 11th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
A Case Study of Presidential Inaugurations: Kennedy and Obama
How do the inauguration ceremonies of a president-elect reflect the values of that president? This is the question presented to government learners as they research and compare the inaugurations of John F. Kennedy in 1961 and...
8th - 12th Social Studies & History
Martin Luther King and Writing as a Tool for Social Change
Learners explore writing as an agent for social change. In this Social Studies instructional activity, students examine the power of writing using Dr. King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail. Learners will practice the technique of...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
“As the War Turns": Exploring the Drama of the Civil War
As part of their study of the American Civil War, class groups investigate Civil War casualties, medicine and disease, conscription, prisons, the life of a soldier, and Civil War spies. Then they script and perform a soap opera drama on...
8th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Reading a Timeline
Sometimes the most important details of an informational text aren't within the text at all. Teach your class how to read timeline with a set of activities that prompts them to find specific dates and events on the timelines, as well as...
3rd - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Millionaire Review Game: Civil War Era
Could you win a million dollars by being good at your US history? Maybe not, but kids can pretend they will, as they play Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Civil War Edition. There are 15 fantastic questions about slavery, Lincoln, the...
6th - 7th Social Studies & History