Understanding Native Americans During Westward Expansion
Students understand the perspective of Native Americans whose ancestral lands were taken and redistributed by the American government, and whose culture was dismissed as unimportant.
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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
African Americans in Revolutionary Times
How did black Americans contribute to colonial society in the United States and make active choices to exert some control over their lives as slaves? Explore the often overlooked yet incredibly important roles of Africans and African...
8th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Reemergence of the “Vanishing Americans” ‐ Native Americans and World War II
Discover the many contributions and sacrifices of Native Americans during World War II. After gaining background information through a detailed PowerPoint presentation and guided notes, your young historians will participate in a jigsaw...
10th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
We Have a Story to Tell: Native Peoples of the Chesapeake Region
How did colonial settlement and the establishment of the United States affect Native Americans in the Chesapeake region? Your young historians will analyze contemporary and historical maps, read informational texts, and work in groups to...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Industrial Revolution: Life in the Cities
What was life really like in American during the Industrial Revolution? Middle and high schoolers explore tenement living, assembly lines, factory work, and the blossoming world of technology in a series of educational and engaging...
7th - 10th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Tragedy, Triumph, or Trespass?
Did westward expansion really live up to the dream of adventurers for a new life and opportunities for land and resources? While designed for a flipped classroom, try using this resource to evaluate primary sources alongside your class!...
8th - 10th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Excerpt from the Trail of Tears Diary
How did Native American nations exhibit resilience as they were forcibly relocated from their homelands in 1830? Pupils read two interview excerpts from the Trail of Tears Diary and discuss what Native Americans fought to preserve along...
7th - 11th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Why Map a Map?
After brainstorming reasons why Native Americans mapped their lands, your young critical thinkers will work together to review their ideas and determine the definition of a map. With today's extensive use of mapping technology and GPS...
5th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Life on the Great Plains
Students trace the characteristics and history of the Great Plains as portrayed in literature and art from the time of the Conquistadors through the early 20th century. They write letters exploring the viewpoints of Native Americans and...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History