Middle Level

Ben Franklin’s Evolving View on Race and Ethnicity


--Steven S. Lapham and Drew Saunders
A wise man observes, learns, and grows. Also includes a related classroom activity about Ben's interesting personality: "Will the Senate Confirm 'Karl B. Fennin'?" by William E. Amburn.

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* http://members.ncss.org/mll/22/MLL22.pdf

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“Maybe You Could Help?” Letters to Eleanor Roosevelt


--Mary Mason Royal
In small groups, students read and analyze letters written by children to "Eleanor" during the Great Depression. Handouts include text of seven letters.

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* http://members.ncss.org/mll/22/MLL22.pdf

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Teaching About Immigration, Past and Present


--Susan Pass
Interviewing first generation parents, or writing about their own immigrant experiences, generates memorable results. Ten key interview questions.

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* http://members.ncss.org/mll/20/mll20.pdf

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Runaway Slave Advertisements: Teaching from Primary Documents


--Tom Costa and Brooks Doyle
Interpret short primary source documents to reveal some details about slave life and the moral dilemmas of antebellum U.S. Also includes "Abolitionists Among the Founding Generation" by Kevin T. Brady.

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* http://members.ncss.org/mll/20/mll20.pdf

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The Compromise of 1790: A Capital Simulation


--David L. Ghere
Study the handout map and chart. The national capital would be built in the South if the federal government would assume the states' Revolutionary War debts. Would it work?

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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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."

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* http://members.ncss.org/mll/19/mll19.pdf

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State v. Tribe: How the Indian Gaming Controversy Began


--William L. Hewitt and Barbara Beaucar
This theme issue also includes related items -- "From Furs and Wampum to Slot Machines and Megadollars," "Does Gaming Hurt or Help?", and "The Streets are Paved with Silver," etc.

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* http://members.ncss.org/mll/18/mll18.pdf

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A Zen Garden at Tecumseh: From Mocking to Honoring


--Leila Meyerratken
Learning about Japanese culture and recent history with books, film, and a service learning project in Lafayette, Indiana.

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* http://members.ncss.org/mll/17/mll17.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.

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* 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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