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U.S. History

Motivate with Music and Media! The Hot 100+ Classroom Ideas

Experience classroom activities utilizing music and movie excerpts that help explain and interpret historical events in diverse ways for diverse learners. Packets of 100+ ideas provide resources for immediate use.

Susan B. Anthony’s Trial, Social Justice and Common Core Connections

Teachers will use primary sources from Anthony’s trial for illegally voting in the 1872 Presidential election to make Common Core connections and teach students to work for social justice.

Teaching Early American Indian Pre-Contact/Contact Using Accurate Resources

Elementary Teachers! Come learn about ideas, activities, lesson plans, and resources to teach about American Indians accurately, including overviews about pre-contact native cultures, Columbus Day and Thanksgiving.

1763: Revolutionary Gateway Year for Canada and the United States

North America witnessed major events 250 years ago: Britain took over New France, Pontiac rebelled, a line was drawn. Introduce these events through lessons, maps, primary and secondary resources.

Using Primary Sources to Develop Common Core Close Reading Skills

Explore using primary sources in early American history to develop elementary and middle school students’ close reading skills! This workshop examines how to construct text-dependent questions that support historical thinking.

NEH’s Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle

The National Endowment for the Humanities Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle offers teachers streaming versions of four important documentary films: The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, Freedom Riders, and The Loving Story accompanied by classroom materials drawn from EDSITEment and the Gilder Lehrman Institute. NEH staff will demo the website and elicit feedback from teachers.

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