The American Shakers
Young scholars discover how Shaker values and ideology shaped their way of life, and how the artifacts they produced continue to influence our ideals of beauty. Students apply the Shaker designs to their own inventions.
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The Music of the Mardi Gras Indians
The traditions, costumes, and the music of the Mardi Gras Indians, African-Americans and those with African American or Native American Heritage are the focus of a unit that introduces class members to a little-known group that plays a...
6th - Higher Ed Social Studies & History
Myths, Folktales, and Legends
Ten learning stations make for an active and collaborative activity on myths, folktales, and legends. Pupils read a different text at each station and determine what genre the piece fits into, offering evidence for their decision.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Road to Civil Rights
Here is a fantastic resource on the civil rights movement! It includes reading materials and worksheets, and particularly highlights major legislation and the role of the judicial branch in the federal government in addressing the...
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Antebellum Revivalism and Reform
A gold mine for American history teachers, this presentation cascades through the middle of the 19th century with the central themes of moral and social reform. Between the blossoming Mormon church, the tightening of the Temperance...
8th - 11th Social Studies & History
19th Century Reforms
Take a closer look at the religious and moral reform movements in nineteenth century America, including the creation of utopian communities in response to the growth of the market economy, the fundamental ideals of Protestant religious...
15 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Quakers, the Dutch, and the Ladies
Listen as this famed speaker argues why "the real story of history is about regular people trying to take care of their families" and "small-scale dramas," particularly in the case of colonial America. Topics covered include the shift...
12 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable