The Demise of the Great American Frontier
Students are introduced to Frederick Jackson Turner and how early Census data, when combined visually with maps, effectively demonstrated the end of the frontier.
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Postcards From the American West
Why did people move westward in the United States? Your young historians will examine the experiences of various groups on the American frontier, from a miner working near the Comstock Lode in Nevada, to an Apache chief from the...
7th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Utopia/Dystopia: The American Dream
America was founded by dreamers, and the American dream still resonates in our country today. Track the American dream from its Puritan beginnings to its optimistic descendants with a lesson that focuses on speeches by John F. Kennedy...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
What Leads to Revolution?
From the essential question about the cause of the American Revolution to a Town Hall meeting hosted by and for your social studies class, a set of American history lessons are a great addition to your Revolutionary War unit. After...
7th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Colonial America and The American Revolution
How did the founding of the American colonies lead to a revolution? Use the essential question and sample activities to guide learners through a series of history lessons. Additionally, the packet includes effective strategies to...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Barn Again! Celebrating an American Icon
How do barns serve as a window to a community's past? Here are a series of lessons on the symbolism and historical context of barns throughout American history. Topics include community-building, in-depth primary and secondary source...
5th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Causes of the American Revolution
Beginning with the experience of hearing that lockers in school will be taxed, through analysis of political cartoons and informational text, and culminating in a debate between loyalists and patriots, your class members will engage in a...
10th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
An Introduction to Frederick Jackson Turner's The Significance Of The Frontier In American History
Is the modern American identity an outgrowth of European civilization, or is it a unique result of westward expansion? Frederick Jackson Turner's The Significance of the Frontier in American History raises an important question about the...
4 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Meaning of America: Freedom and Individuality
What are the strengths and weaknesses of American individualism and independence? Explore these principles through a close reading of Jack London's To Build a Fire, and engage in high-level discussion with your class by analyzing the...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The Challenges and New Inventions of the Great Plains Farmer
Explore life in the Great Plains with this thorough US history activity. 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