Slavery in Colonial America
Students examine the experience of the middle passage of slaves. They review slave songs and discuss their common themes. They develop a monologue in which they integrate a fragment of an actual slave song into a poem they have written.
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"Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" Speech
What kind of rhetorical devices did Patrick Henry use in his famous speech that convinced the colony of Virginia to organize a militia and fight in the American Revolution? Pupils analyze the speech text and then discuss what it takes to...
7th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Through a careful reading and examination of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, scholars take part in grand conversations about the novel's contents, slavery, and the impact the book had on it. Furthermore, learners analyze an...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Should the Colonists Have Signed the Declaration of Independence?
Explore the Declaration of Independence in this US History instructional activity. Middle schoolers compare and contrast viewpoints of the Loyalists and the Patriots as they discuss the issue of colonial independence from Britain. They...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
The First Thanksgiving (Grades 6-8)
Take your middle schoolers back to the first Thanksgiving with an engaging cross-curricular unit that ties together topics in social studies and ELA. While learning about he settlement at Plymouth young scholars participate in a series...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Colonial Women During the Revolution
Young researchers use the Internet or books to find out about colonial women during the American Revolution. They organize information in a graphic to demonstrate their understanding of the research they gathered before writing a...
3rd - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Black and White in United States History: A Gray Area
Compare and contrast old and modern historical accounts of the life of Thomas Jefferson. Learners begin by evaluating the responsibilities of history textbooks in reporting historical events, people, and eras. Next, they discuss how new...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Journalism Lesson Plan
Honor women in journalism with an online exhibit called Women with a Deadline. Class members demonstrate their understanding of the topic in a final assessment by writing a newspaper article on the information they learned in the online...
5th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
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