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Freedmen's Bureau: Labor Contract or Re-enslavement?
Students examine the topics of the Freedman's Bureau and labor contracting. They analyze the economic conditions in Alabama after the Civil War. They draw conclusions about the problems with sharecropping.
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Linda R. Monk, Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution - Grade 8
“We the people . . .” Thus begins the Preamble to the Constitution. Using a close reading approach, class members examine an excerpt from Linda Monk’s article that traces how the interpretation of these words has evolved. Some of your...
8th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
New Review Nativism and Myths about Immigrants
Where do anti-immigrants myths come from, and how can they be refuted? Learners critically analyze media reports and how to identify reliable sources. After studying a timeline that details the history of US nativism, groups research the...
8th - Higher Ed Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Against All Odds: The African American Founding of Princeville, NC
Princeville, NC, the oldest town in the United States incorporated entirely by African Americans, is the focus of a 31-page packet that not only traces the history of the town, but also examines the challenges that city has faced over...
8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Five Years to Life: labor in Early Colonial Maryland
Eighth graders analyze the shift in the labor supply of Maryland's early coloninal economy from one that included indentured servants to one that increasingly depend on the labor of slaves. They skim "Tobacco Growing", resource and are...
8th Social Studies & History
The 15th and 19th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution
Who gets to vote? Learn more about struggles for suffrage throughout United States history with a lesson based on primary source documents. Middle schoolers debate the importance of women's suffrage and African American suffrage before...
7th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Were Critics of the First World War anti- American?
Students examine the critics of the First World War. In World War I lesson, students free write about patriotism and determine its meaning. After watching a video students discuss patriotism and opposition to the war. Students work in...
8th - 11th Social Studies & History
Reconstruction After the Civil War
Learners draw an interesting parallel between Reconstruction after the Civil War and a child moving out from home in this lesson plan. They discuss the effect of the war on the Southern economy and region, and then engage in a simulation...
5th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Easily broken into pieces for several class sessions, this presentation is a great way to transition your class out of a Civil War unit and closer to the 20th century. Engaging photographs, including relevant maps and humorous political...
8th - 12th Social Studies & History
Labor Needs in Colonial America
Middle schoolers examine the labor needs in colonial America. Using primary and secondary resources, they explore the major events and life in the United States during colonial times. They complete a chart listing the pros and cons of...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
Understanding Work in Colonial Carolina
What was it like to live as an indentured servant or an apprentice in colonial Carolina? As part of a series of lessons focusing on the history of North Carolina, class members use a digital history textbook to examine primary and...
7th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed