Emergence of Modern America: "Spreadin' the Rhythm Around"
Students examine the Harlem Renaissance during the 1920s. They identify hardships African-Americans faced during this time period. They analyze the music and lyrics of different songs related to this issue.
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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
The Roots of Prohibition: Examining the Effort to Prohibit Alcohol in America
Five segements from Ken Burns' documentary series Prohibition, easily accessed on the PBS website, are at the center of a terrific short unit on the roots of America's ambivalent relationship with alcohol. Engage your secondary class...
9th - 12th 21st Century Skills
New Review Early Modern: Global Interactions
The moment Christopher Columbus's ships touched North American shores, the world changed forever. But has it been for the better? High schoolers consider the effectiveness, benefits, and drawbacks of the Columbian Exchange with a...
9th - Higher Ed Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
An Introduction to Alexis De Tocqueville’s Democracy In America
Alexis de Tocqueville wanted to establish a successful democracy in France, so he turned to the newest example of democracy available in the early nineteenth century: the young American government. Learn more about the observations from...
3 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Meaning of America: Freedom and Religion
The United States of America was founded on firm ideals of both the pursuit of happiness and a spirit of reverence. Through a close reading of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The May-Pole of Merry Mount," you can examine what some consider was a...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed