Glidden's Patent Application for Barbed Wire
Pupils discuss the invention of barbed wire and how it affected various groups of peoples in the U.S. after its invention.
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Civil Liberties and War Powers: Korematsu v. United States
Eleventh graders compare and contrast Supreme Court decisions dealing with the application of civil rights during times of war, with emphasis on discrimination and detention. Working in groups, 11th graders review cases and analyze how...
11th Social Studies & History
Who Was More American: Japanese-Americans Who Dissented Against Internment or Those that Supported the War Effort?
Was the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II constitutional? Who was more American: Japanese-Americans who dissented against the internment or those who supported the war effort? Class members do a close reading of...
8th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Civil Rights Historical Investigations
The murder of Emmett Till, the Selma to Montgomery march, and the desegregation of Boston schools are the focus of three units that ask class members to investigate why these events were so key in the struggle for civil rights. Groups...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Learn from the Past, Create the Future: Inventions and Patents
3D printers, selfie sticks, smart watches. GPS, self-driving cars, YouTube. Imagine life without inventions. Believe it or not, these items were all invented in the last 10 years. Inventions, and the inventors responsible for them, are...
3rd - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
To Serve or Not to Serve : Japanese-Americans in the American Military During World War II
"To serve or not to serve?" That is the question facing participants in a debate about whether Japanese-Americans should have been required or allowed, to serve in the military during World War II. Beautifully crafted, the packet...
7th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Challenges and New Inventions of the Great Plains Farmer
Explore life in the Great Plains with this thorough US history lesson. After brainstorming some important inventions in farming, pupils answer several questions about pioneers in a group research project. Several links to sites and...
8th - 12th Social Studies & History