US History

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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Overcoming the Odds: An Easy Interdisciplinary Activity


--Tedd Levy
An interdisciplinary teaching team has students investigate ways that historical figures handled difficulties in their lives and went on to success.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 3.4MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/02/mll02.pdf

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A Walk Through Time: A Living History Project


--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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My Brother and I: Brickyard Laborers in an Ohio Town


--Martha I. Pallante and Christian Shively
A hands-on exploration of local history that involved students K-12 as well as university educators and graduate students. Documents from the OHS Museum of Industry and Labor.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 1.0 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/05/mll05.pdf

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Modern Times: The Industrial Revolution and the Concept of Time


--Frans H. Doppen
Several approaches to increasing student understanding of how the Industrial Revolution changed our concept of time--and its lasting effects today.

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“Did They Actually, Really Believe This?” Medical Documents as a Window on the Past


Students discuss how "ideas that a society mistakenly believes to be scientific can be used to promote social prejudice and discrimination." An etched image (ca. 1840) of an Irish immigrant's "broad, low head" clearly shows "exceedingly deficient moral organs -- especially benevolence."

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The Colonial Convention: Teaching History as Perspective Taking


--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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The Makah: Exploring Public Issues during a Structured Classroom Discussion


--Bruce E. Larson
Students have to think on two levels: they must deliberate about a current issue (Native rights to small-scale whaling) and develop reasons to defend their thinking; and they must reflect on the discussion process itself.

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