US History

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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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."

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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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.

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

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 1.0 MB. See pp. 10-15.   --> read more »

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