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Emergence of Modern America: Steal Away
Students examine spiriturals used by the slaves on southern plantations. They answer discussion questions. They participate in activities to end the instructional activity.
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George Moses Horton
Young historians read and discuss the work of professional poet George Moses Horton, whose writings convey the complexity and trials of the slave experience in North Carolina. Class members also prepare dramatic presentations of Horton's...
8th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Colonialism and American Foundations Sample Test Questions
What was the main cause of European colonization in America? How did Thomas Paine's Common Sense play a role in the establishment of the United States? What was the trans-Atlantic slave trade? These are just a few of the many questions...
8th - 10th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
A Ticket to Philly—In 1769: Thinking about Cities, Then and Now
While cities had only a small fraction of the population in colonial America, they played a significant role in pre-revolutionary years, and this was certainly true for the largest city in the North American colonies: Philadelphia. Your...
4th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Comparing Slave Trades: A Study of the Transatlantic and Trans-Saharan Slave Trades
While most people are familiar with the transatlantic slave trade, there is less knowledge of another major external African slave trade in world history: the trans-Saharan slave trade. Pupils work in groups to read informational texts...
6th - 10th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Thanksgiving is a treasured national holiday, but it can look different from table to table. Through a reading passage, real-world images, and class discussion, scholars take a look into Thanksgiving's importance to the United States of...
3rd - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Voyage of Slaves in the Transatlantic Slave Trade
Use best-teaching practices to discuss the practices and implications of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Here you'll find a detailed lesson plan involving a variety of collaborative and engaging components, including image analysis,...
5th - 10th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Great Age of Exploration (1400-1550)
Delve into the Age of Exploration with this activity-packed resource! Complete with a pre-test, discussion questions and quiz for a 30-minute video on the period, map activities, timeline of discoveries, vocabulary, etc. this is a...
7th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
To Secede or Not to Secede: Events Leading to the Civil War
Should a teacher be allowed to "secede" from a school with his/her class and start a new program within the school? This question will guide your young historians as they learn about the road to secession prior to the Civil War in the...
5th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable