Genealogy: Coming to America
Students discuss how Ida McKinley's parents immigrated to the United States from Europe. Individually, they use the internet to research the history of their own family. To end the lesson plan, they share their family's history with the class.
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What Leads to Revolution?
From the essential question about the cause of the American Revolution to a Town Hall meeting hosted by and for your social studies class, a set of American history lessons are a great addition to your Revolutionary War unit. After...
7th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Colonial America and The American Revolution
How did the founding of the American colonies lead to a revolution? Use the essential question and sample activities to guide learners through a series of history lessons. Additionally, the packet includes effective strategies to...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
How Did Jazz Music During the 1920’s Reflect a Change of Culture for America?
Music and culture are intimately linked. Ask your learners to find connections between jazz and the culture of the 1920s though a jigsaw activity and writing assignment. All pupils read one of three articles and get together in mixed...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Events Leading to American Independence
Read about the such events as the Stamp Act, British taxes on colonies, and the Boston Massacre that led to the Independence of America from Britain. After reading this adapted article from USHistory.org, learners respond to four...
3rd - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Introduction to the Holocaust
Young historians gain a well-rounded insight into the tragedy of the Holocaust by exploring pre-war Jewish life, reading and discussing survivor testimonies, and illustrating their understanding by using their own words and those of a...
7th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Where Do Our Families Come From?
After a grand conversation about immigration to the United States, scholars interview a family member to learn about their journey to America. They then take their new-found knowledge and apply their findings to tracking their family...
3rd - 6th Social Studies & History
Town Hall Wall: Coming to America
Everyone seems to have an opinion on the status and rights of illegal immigrants. Help secondary learners research each perspective and arrive at their own conclusions with a collaborative exercise. As they read an informative passage...
8th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Statue of Liberty: Bringing the 'New Colossus' to America
Students discuss meaning of symbols associated with Statue of Liberty, read and analyze Emma Lazarus' sonnet, "The New Colossus," and write persuasive letter to a nineteenth-century audience to gain support for bringing statue to America.
6th - 8th English Language Arts