The Pony Express Versus the Telegraph
Students compare and contrast the Pony Express and the telegraph. In this communication instructional activity, students examine the structure of the Pony Express and determine why it became obsolete in such a short period of time.
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A Case Study of Presidential Inaugurations: Kennedy and Obama
How do the inauguration ceremonies of a president-elect reflect the values of that president? This is the question presented to government students as they research and compare the inaugurations of John F. Kennedy in 1961 and...
8th - 12th Social Studies & History
Horse and Rider: The Pony Express in Utah
Students examine the geography of Utah and the Pony Express in Utah. In this Utah and Pony Express lesson, students examine background information before completing mapping and art activities about the purpose and routes of the Pony...
4th - 12th Social Studies & History
Grade 8: Intermediate-Level Test: Social Studies, Booklet 1 Objective and Constructed Response, 2007
In this United States history and government standardized test practice learning exercise, 8th graders respond to 50 multiple choice, 1 essay, and 12 short answer questions that require them to review their knowledge of history and...
8th Social Studies & History
The Eyes Have It ... Or Do They?
Students explore facial expressions for the hidden meanings being communicated. Truth can be hidden or at least disguised by a particular expression. The reality of control and the manipulation of truth is discussed in this lesson.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History
New Review Wells Fargo History Museum: Curriculum Guide
Learn about the California Gold Rush from an institution that has been in place since the early days of the American West: Wells Fargo History Museum. From domain-specific vocabulary review to group research projects, an expansive packet...
4th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Reading Strategies for the Social Studies Class
Word splashes, read-draw-talk-write activities, exhibits. Middle schoolers use the Storypath approach to a unit study of America's concerns during the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Teams organize a 21st century world's fair,...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Dueling Telegrams: 1963 Verbal Power Play Between Wallace and JFK
Information, inferences, and innuendos. Text and subtext. Class members examine telegrams exchanged between President John F. Kennedy and Alabama Governor George Wallace, studying both what is stated and what is implied by the diction...
11th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Dashes and Dots: A Product of the 19th Century
Learners investigate the advancements the Morse code made possible. For this technology lesson, students discover the impact that the telegraph had on communication in 19th century America. Learners examine primary documents and share...
6th - 9th Social Studies & History