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The Great Chicago Fire: The O'Leary Hearing
Students dramatized the O'Leary hearing regarding the Chicago fire using the transcript from the original hearings as a script.
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The Great Depression/ Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
What was life like during the Great Depression (1929-early 1940’s)? How did the experience of white Americans compare to that of black Americans? Learners tackle these and other questions in a unit that focuses on the Great Depression...
8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Jim Murphy, The Great Fire - Grade 6
The Great Fire by Jim Murphy provides the text for a study of the Chicago fire of 1871. The plan is designed as a close reading activity so that all learners have the same background information require for writing. Richly detailed, the...
6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 – A Story of Human Tragedy and Triumph
Students examine the effects of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. In this American history lesson plan, students research primary and secondary sources regarding accounts of the fire and its effects. Students share their research finding...
8th - 12th Social Studies & History
The Great Chicago Fire: Did Mrs. O'Leary's Cow Really Cause It?
Students research the Great Chicago Fire and its myths on how it started. They use their critical thinking skills to determine what really happened. They write an essay supporting their opinion on the fire.
6th - 12th English Language Arts