Middle Level Learning

"Dear Teacher": Letters on the Eve of the Japanese American Imprisonment


--Yoon Pak
Historical background and lesson ideas using primary source: short compositions written by American middle school students of Japanese descent as requested by their principal, Mr. Sears, in Seattle Washington on December 8, 1941 and then again in March, 1942. (Two handouts included.)

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Adobe Bricks: Building Blocks of the Southwest


--Byron Augustin and Michael Bailey

Students get dirty making adobe brick, just like those in the Palace of Governors in Santa Fe, New Mexico--the oldest continuously occupied building in the U.S. Also includes quiz "Tough Stuff" building materials; and book review of "Mud Matters."

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A Mighty Storm: Galveston, Texas, 1900


--Steven S. Lapham

Background and lyrics to a 1942 blues song about the 1900 Galveston hurricane. Also an article about Alexander Hamilton's close brush with big winds in 1772.

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A World War II Oral History Project for Eighth Graders


--Thomas E. Gray
This issue of MLL also includes "Wandering Behind: Talking About Pearl Harbor" by Daniel J. Ferri; "Oral History Research: Internet Resources and Reports" by Margaret Hill; and Barbara J. Holt's review of a WWII topical book--'Faithful Elephants.'

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* http://members.ncss.org/mll/10/mll10.pdf

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The Great Irish Famine (and Immigration to USA)


--Maureen Murphy, Alan Singer, Maureen McCann Miletta, and Judity Y. Singer
Historical background, historical fiction, and primary source text about the Irish exodus to America. A theme issue of MLL.

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Let Me Explain: Students as Colonial History Docents


--Linda L. Gesek
The skills of the docent (museum guide) can be learned and put to use in any classroom.

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* http://members.ncss.org/mll/08/mll08.pdf

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Revolutionary Women: Portraits of Life in the Thirteen Colonies


--Mary E. Connor
Primary source material about, and brief biographies of, Jane Franklin Mecom, Phillis Wheatly, Mercy Otis Warren, and three others.

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* http://members.ncss.org/mll/07/mll07.pdf

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Overcoming the Odds: An Easy Interdisciplinary Activity


--Tedd Levy
An interdisciplinary teaching team has students investigate ways that historical figures handled difficulties in their lives and went on to success.

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* http://members.ncss.org/mll/02/mll02.pdf

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A Walk Through Time: A Living History Project


--Alice Aud, Gini Bland, Barbara Brown, and Bruce Law
Eighth grade students in a Georgia middle school reconstruct a Mississippian village on the shores of Carolina Bay.

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* http://members.ncss.org/mll/06/mll06.pdf

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My Brother and I: Brickyard Laborers in an Ohio Town


--Martha I. Pallante and Christian Shively
A hands-on exploration of local history that involved students K-12 as well as university educators and graduate students. Documents from the OHS Museum of Industry and Labor.

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* http://members.ncss.org/mll/05/mll05.pdf

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