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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.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 0.67 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/20/mll20.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.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 0.67 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/20/mll20.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.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 1.0 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/22/MLL22.pdf

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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.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 1.0 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/22/MLL22.pdf

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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.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 1.0 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/22/MLL22.pdf

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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.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 1.0 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/22/MLL22.pdf

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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.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 1.0 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/22/MLL22.pdf

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Philip Reid and the Statue of [em]Freedom[/em]


--Eugene Walton
Primary source documents help validate the history of an enslaved American who solved a crucial puzzle as the statue of Freedom was being prepared for casting in bronze. (Freedom now stands atop the Capitol in Washington, DC.) Handouts include time line, 1830 political cartoon, and the story of early emancipation (April 16, 1862) of enslaved Americans in the capital city during the Civil War.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 3.5MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/24/mll24.pdf

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Philip Reid and the Statue of [em]Freedom[/em]


--Eugene Walton
Primary source documents help validate the history of an enslaved American who solved a crucial puzzle as the statue of Freedom was being prepared for casting in bronze. (Freedom now stands atop the Capitol in Washington, DC.) Handouts include time line, 1830 political cartoon, and the story of early emancipation (April 16, 1862) of enslaved Americans in the capital city during the Civil War.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 3.5MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/24/mll24.pdf

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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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