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The Illinois & Michigan Canal: The Last Great Canal
Students explain the significance of the I & M Canal. They write a 2-3 page essay based on research packets.
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The History Blueprint: The Cold War (World)
How and why was the Cold War fought? A carefully crafted, inquiry-based unit covers seven major topics: the roots of the Cold war, decolonization and nationalism, the three-world order, American foreign policy, American domestic policy,...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
How Hard Were the Times? Investigating the Meaning and Significance of the Great Depression
Students examine causes and effects of Great Depression and its significance on twentieth-century life, analyze value of various types of historical information, specifically primary sources, and relate events, issues, problems, and...
6th - 12th English Language Arts
The Growth of Cities Along the Illinois and Michigan Canal Corridor
Students examine settlement patterns along the Illinois and Michigan Canal corridor. Using maps, they determine the theme and state the information they can gather from them. They identify the spatial interaction and relationships in the...
4th - 12th English Language Arts
The Vietnam War & its Impact on American Society
Foster discussion in your advanced high school history class with primary sources from the Vietnam War era. After a timeline activity involving manipulatives, pupils get down to business analyzing and categorizing the document set. All...
10th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The Great Depression (1921-1941)
From the stock market crash of 1929 to the New Deal and FDR, this presentation covers it all. Examine the causes, effects, politics, and culture of the Great Depression. Images, block text, and embedded hyperlinks make this a great...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
Has the United States always been an empire? This video is packed with information on America's endeavors during the age of new imperialism, including the displacement of indigenous peoples through territorial acquisition, how wars were...
14 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Illinois Pension Obligations
Impress upon your young citizens and economists the issues at stake with underfunded pension plans, which are projected to cut into very important areas of investment, such as education, in order to fund the appropriate liabilities. This...
8 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Documenting the Great Depression
Students compare and contrast two photographs from the Great Depression, and identify the ways in which the photographers depicted the hardships of everyday life during this period. They hypothesize about the story behind each photograph...
10th - 11th Social Studies & History
Exploring the History of the I&M Canal
Students examine the building of the I & M canal in Chicago. Using the internet, they research the lives of the individuals who worked on the construction and develop a timeline of events. They explore the impact of the canal on...
5th - 9th Social Studies & History