Elementary

Dramatic Narratives: Capturing the Human Side of World War II


--Anita Perna Bohn and Penny Britton Kolloff

Students research first-person accounts and give performances in this unit of study. A handout to guide research and 3 pages of online resources. This issue of MLL Includes "Ernie Pyle:The Foot Soldier’s Reporter" by Sandra B. Oldendorf and "Teenage Witnesses to the Holocaust (Book Review)" by Tom Kolbe.   --> read more »

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American Revolution:Three Lesson Plans for Critical Thinking


--Stephanie Wasta
Three lessons that bring good resource material into the classroom and engage students in thinking critically about history and historical sources. Includes handouts and instructions for playing the Colonial Era children's game "Skin the Snake."

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 1.0 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/25/MLL25.pdf

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Lewis & Clark: An Interdisciplinary Expedition


--Kristy Brugar
A filed trip on the school grounds recalls a historical adventure. Watch for bears! Also includes Paul Horton's review of a nonfiction book about a black man and comrade: "York's Adventure with Lewis and Clark."

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 0.8 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/19/mll19.pdf

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Archaeology in the Seventh Grade:An Interdisciplinary Unit of Study


--Marilyn J. Eisenwine
Archaeology is an opportunity for interdisciplinary study and working with the raw data of history at a middle school in Texas.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 0.8 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/16/mll16.pdf

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Visiting and Interviewing Older Adults: Service-Learning in the Sixth Grade


--Alison Parker
Oral history interviews give deeper meaning to visits with the elderly, strengthening the academic content of service learning.
Also includes "Preparing Young People for Longer Lives in an Aging Society" by Donna P. Couper and Fran Pratt.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 0.65 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/15/mll15.pdf

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Dancing the Circle: An Introduction to Powwows


--Karen D. Harvey
The powwow is a way people who are not American Indians can learn about the importance of the circle in Indian thought and life.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 0.8 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/14/mll14.pdf

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"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.)

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 1.0 MB. See pp. 10-15.   --> read more »

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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."

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 1.0 MB:   --> read more »

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The Makah: Exploring Public Issues during a Structured Classroom Discussion


--Bruce E. Larson
Students have to think on two levels: they must deliberate about a current issue (Native rights to small-scale whaling) and develop reasons to defend their thinking; and they must reflect on the discussion process itself.

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Buttoning Up a Hands-On History Lesson


--Audrey C. Rule and Cynthia Szymanski Sunal
How can you tell that something is old? A historical collection of everyday items (buttons, carpenter nails, magazines, fabric, food containers, etc.) "can provide concrete examples to help students construct a concept of change."

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