Middle Level

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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The WPA Slave Narratives: Teaching with Oral Histories


--Paul Horton
Describes an online a selection of written narratives given by formerly enslaved, elderly African Americans (in the 1930s under the Works Progress Administration) and how to interpret these historical documents with middle school readers.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 0.8 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/13/mll13.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.)

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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.'

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 1.0 MB:
* 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.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 0.7 MB:
* 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.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 2.2 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/07/mll07.pdf

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