Adeline Hornbek and the Homestead Act: A Colorado Success Story
Young scholars examine how the Homestead Act impacted the economic opportunities of women. They research the Homestead Act, define Manifest Destiny, and prepare an exhibit that features an outstanding woman who lived or lives in their community.
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Does the Defense of Marriage Act Promote the Health, Safety, Morals, and General Welfare of the Public?
Gay marriage is the topic for a structured, academic controversy discussion. The process begins with groups reading primary source documents and recording their responses to text-based questions on the provided graphic organizer....
11th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
America’s Indian Removal Policies: Tales and Trails of Betrayal
Examine the perspectives, cultural clashes, and historical implications of Indian removal policies in the United States during the 1930s. Your young historians will closely examine primary sources and engage in insightful discussions on...
8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Seeking Historical Detectives to Discover Who Was John Brown?
Young historians act as detectives in order to examine the characteristics of controversial abolitionist John Brown in the 1850s, working to identify his ultimate mission regarding slavery and the larger impact he had on the Civil War.
8th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Railroads and Settlement of the Great Plains
Enhance your American literature unit with this resource, in which readers access the Nebraska Studies website and read about "Railroads and Settlement." They search for a photograph of some aspect of the railroad from the Prairie...
8th - 12th Social Studies & History
The New West: The Gold Rush
Take your class back to the New West and the times of the Gold Rush, with a great slide show. They'll find wonderful images and lots of easy-to-read informational text describing everything from boom towns to The Battle of Little Big...
7th - 12th Social Studies & History
Women and the Homestead Act: Creating a Place for Themselves In the West
Eighth graders examine basic elements of the Homestead Act, describe gender make-up of the West before and after the Homestead Act, connect the Homestead Act with women's suffrage, and create a modern day business propaganda pamphlet.
8th Social Studies & History
Lesson: The Power of Story
Universal themes found throughout the world in the form of stories is the topic of today's activity. Upper graders analyze the cultural context of the Mithila piece, Hanuman. They consider the universal themes the image depicts and how...
6th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
The Story Behind the Boston Tea Party
The event in American history now known as the Boston Tea Party was really anything but a party. Discover how the tax on tea in pre-revolutionary America was seen by colonists as an infringement on their rights and livelihoods, and how...
4 mins 8th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Ruby Bridges: A Simple Act of Courage, Grades 6-8
Designed for a plethora of Common Core standards, your young historians will learn about the story of Ruby Bridges and the civil rights movement through expository and persuasive writing activities, as well as by viewing and analyzing an...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed