Faces Behind the Guns
Students use the New York Times article profiling ordinary citizens who legally own guns as the basis of a role-playing exercise in which they explore the types of people who own firearms and their personal reasons for doing so.
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Young historians discover how slaves brought to America were active in their resistance to their enslavement, and work to dispel the typical stereotype of slaves as docile and passive peoples through discussion, notes, and a role-playing...
5th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
"The Real McCoy:" African American Inventors in History
Class members research African American inventors, the challenges they faced in their attempts to patent their works, and the importance of their inventions to the development of technology. After a brief introduction to inventors Elijah...
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
The Role of Dissent in a Democracy: Lessons from Kent State University
Young historians analyze the 1970 Kent State shootings to discuss the role dissent plays in a democracy. After viewing a detailed PowerPoint presentation, learners express their desire for change via a medium of their choice.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Right to Workers in United States
"There are more people in slavery now that at any other time in human history." To raise awareness and understanding of modern-day slavery, class groups research the various forms of slavery, including human trafficking, read and reflect...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Exploring Korea's Creation Myth
Have your middle schoolers role play the Korean creation myth as they become familiar with Korean religion and culture. They will be able to recognize historical facts and influences, as well as examine how the mythic message continues...
6th - 8th English Language Arts
The Civil War, Part 2
Did Lincoln free the slaves with the Emancipation Proclamation? What were motivations behind issuing the document? How does the Civil War and the way we remember it still shape the world today? Delve into these questions with a video...
11 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The War in the North, 1775–1778
Using primary source documents, including maps, learners examine Revolutionary War events from 1775 to 1778. The focus here is on the challenges George Washington and the Continental army faced and how they persevered in spite of those...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The War in the North, 1775-1778
Learners investigate the hardships and difficulties that the Continental army faced in the early years of the American War for independence. the battles of Lexington and concord and the expectations of the Continental Army forms the...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History