Themes Frame: A Historian's Tool
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High schoolers research the scientific, economic, and cultural themes that connect Paleolithic and Neolithic inhabitants. They complete Paleolithic and Neolithic Theme Frames, comparing/contrasting the two cultures in an essay or Venn diagram.
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Persuasion in Historical Context: The Gettysburg Address
The Gettysburg Address is a powerful text. Use it to teach persuasion and the importance of word choice. The lesson detailed here includes a scaffolded background knowledge activity that includes image analysis of photos from the Civil...
7th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Democracy in Action: Freedom Riders
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6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
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11th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
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6th - 12th Social Studies & History
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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11th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The American Puritan Tradition and Dilemma: Part II
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11th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The Meaning of America: National Identity and Why It Matters
Combining a close reading of a classic American text with the study of history can be a very powerful strategy, and this is most certainly the case with this resource using Edward Everett Hale's The Man without a Country. Consider themes...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
This multi-faceted, progressive project includes an array of activities for analyzing and evaluating a theme of American history. Learners begin by constructing a timeline of events in United States history using Google docs, create a...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable