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The Colonial Convention: Teaching History as Perspective Taking


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--Mac Duis and Sandra S. Duis
Eighth grade students adopt the role of a character from the late Colonial era and present that character's perspective on issues of the day at a convention involving the 13 colonies.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 4.5 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/03/mll03.pdf

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A Walk Through Time: A Living History Project


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--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.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 1.0 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/06/mll06.pdf

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Let Me Explain: Students as Colonial History Docents


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--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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A Mighty Storm: Galveston, Texas, 1900


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--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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Adobe Bricks: Building Blocks of the Southwest


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--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:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/12/mll12.pdf

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Adobe Bricks: Building Blocks of the Southwest


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--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:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/12/mll12.pdf

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Dancing the Circle: An Introduction to Powwows


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--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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Dancing the Circle: An Introduction to Powwows


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--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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Archaeology in the Seventh Grade:An Interdisciplinary Unit of Study


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--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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Archaeology in the Seventh Grade:An Interdisciplinary Unit of Study


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--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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