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ADVOCATES FOR CHANGE: COMPARING SUSAN B. ANTHONY, FREDERICK DOUGLASS, AND EMMELINE B. WELLS
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Through a whole-class read-aloud of the historical fiction picture book (text provided), Friends for Freedom: The Story of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, and two historical articles, students will compare activists Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, and Utahn Emmeline B. Wells. Students will examine the statue that depicts the friendship of Anthony and Douglass and complete one of the following: a) a compare/contrast essay, b) a sketch of a statue to represent the friendship between Anthony and Wells, or c) a dialogue between Anthony, Douglass, and Wells. The purpose of this lesson is to not only learn about these advocates for change, but to develop the skills of civil and respectful dialogue, particularly with those with whom we may disagree.

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English Language Arts
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Better Days 2020
Date Added:
11/09/2023
Abolition
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In this explainer video, students learn about the abolition movement. They examine the development of the movement, its eventual success, and its legacy.

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Social Science
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Nearpod
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Nearpod
Date Added:
11/02/2023
Alexander Hamilton
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This primary source set includes documents and images from the life of Alexander Hamilton. A teacher guide is included to assist educators in utilizing the primary sources in their instruction.

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Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Primary Source
Provider:
Library of Congress
Date Added:
11/09/2023
American Authors in the Nineteenth Century: Whitman, Dickinson, Longfellow, Stowe, and Poe
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This primary source set includes documents and images from the lives of American authors in the 19th century. A teacher guide is included to assist educators in utilizing the primary sources in their instruction.

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English Language Arts
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Primary Source
Provider:
Library of Congress
Date Added:
11/09/2023
American Experiments: Ideals and Images
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Students investigate the question "what are American ideals" through a matching activity. Requires teacher prep to cut cards. Includes a full lesson, warm-up, game procedures, and assessment and reflection.

Subject:
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Date Added:
11/09/2023
Assimilation and the Native People of Metlakahtla, Alaska
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In this activity, students examine photographs from an Alaskan Native Tribe who converted to the Anglican faith; they look for evidence of cultural assimilation and provide an opinion as to whether or not this type of cultural assimilation is beneficial or harmful to the tribe.

Subject:
Social Science
Material Type:
Primary Source
Provider:
National Archives
Date Added:
11/09/2023
Assimilation of American Indians
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Prerequisite: Students need to have studied the Dawes Act of 1887 and the breaking up of reservations. In this activity, students analyze primary resources to determine how the federal government tried to assimilate Native Americans. Online activity. Focus: Compare and contrast.

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Social Science
Material Type:
Primary Source
Provider:
National Archives
Date Added:
11/09/2023
Baseball Across a Changing Nation
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Baseball has been part of the culture of the United States since the earliest days of the nation, and the ways in which the game has changed through the centuries provide opportunities to explore changes in U.S. society. This primary source set includes documents and images. A teacher guide is included to assist educators in utilizing the primary sources in their instruction.

Subject:
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Primary Source
Provider:
Library of Congress
Date Added:
11/09/2023
The Bill of Rights: Debating the Amendments
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In this lesson, students will examine a copy of twelve possible amendments to the United States Constitution as originally sent to the states for their ratification in September of 1789. Students will debate and vote on which of these amendments they would ratify and compare their resulting “Bill of Rights” to the ten amendments ratified by ten states that have since been known by this name.

Subject:
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Library of Congress
Date Added:
11/09/2023
Billy the Kid: Perspectives on an Outlaw
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This lesson relates to the westward movement in the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Students analyze the role that gunfighters played in the settlement of the West and distinguish between their factual and fictional accounts using American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940.

Subject:
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Library of Congress
Date Added:
11/09/2023
Borders within the United States: Indian Boarding Schools and Assimilation
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This case study explores how indian boarding schools impacted thousands of Native youths and allows students to examine the effects of assimilation. Designed for High School, but easily adaptable for upper elementary or middle school. Full lesson plan included.

Subject:
Social Science
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Date Added:
11/09/2023
Can Words Lead to War?
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C3. Inquiry based lesson plan. Using supporting questions and formative performance assessments, students explore the impact of Uncle Tom's Cabin. Students analyze a summary of the plot of the book, find the main idea(s), look at connected videos, illustrations, and utilize graphic organizers to assess the power of words within this specific historical context.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
C3 Teachers
Date Added:
11/09/2023
Checks and Balances in Action
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Prerequisite: Students need to know the function of each of the branches of government. In this activity, students examine documents from U.S. history to examples of specific "checks and balances."

Subject:
Social Science
Material Type:
Primary Source
Provider:
National Archives
Date Added:
11/09/2023
A Cheyenne Odyssey
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Mission US is a role-playing game (RPG). In each mission you’ll step into the shoes of a young person during an important time period in US history. While your character and many of the characters in the game are fictional, they are based on the experiences of real people. (You will also encounter some actual historical figures and witness historical events in the game!) In this simularion, the year is 1866. You are Little Fox, a Northern Cheyenne boy. Can you help your tribe survive life on the Plains?

Subject:
Social Science
Material Type:
Interactive
Provider:
Mission US
Date Added:
03/22/2024