US History

National Day of Listening Comes to Midland, Michigan: A StoryCorps Project


--Ann Burke

NPR's StoryCorps can be a opportunity for students to conduct an oral history project, or interview people about their daily experiences, or survey opinions regarding a current event. This project involved team teaching.

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Dear César Chávez: Writing Persuasive Letters in the Sixth Grade


--Maggie Beddow
Students learn about a farm workers' union, its current struggles, and then write letters to Mr. Chavez.
Years later, their hand-written letters appear in lesson plans at the website of the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation.

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From Geography Action to Civic Engagement: The Mesa Grande Ruins


--Carol C. Warren
Students learn about ancient people who lived in their area, the Hohokam, and then help to preserve the archaeological evidence.

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Raise Up Your Cloth! The Woman Suffrage Movement's Second Generation


--Catherine M. Carter
This lesson plan with handouts focuses on Alice Paul's nonviolent protests. More classroom handouts follow in "Winning the Vote for Women: OBJECTION and ANSWER" by Jenny Wei (NMAH) and "Game Changer: Women's Basketball and Equal Opportunity" by Tedd Levy. Download the 16-page PDF (which is about 3 megabytes) at this URL:   --> read more »

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The Lower East Side Tenement Museum: A Window on Immigrant Life


--Adam Steinberg and Michael J. Berson

Students can learn about immigrant life ca. 1900 from the words and photographs at this museum's online collection.

This PDF downloads a 16-page issue of MLL, about 3 megabytes.

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Lights, Camera, . . . Reenaction! Creating Video as We Study the Civil War


--Angela Stokes
A video project challenges students to read, research, and interpret historical sources, then create a short drama that reflects their understanding of events. Journey through Hallowed Ground sponsored this project, but you can do a low-budget version at your school.

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Analyzing Historical Political Cartoons: Helping Students With Diverse Learning Needs Analyze Primary Sources


--Grant R. Miller
Students analyze drawings available at one of three kid-friendly,online collections of political cartoons.
As they analyze, corroborate, and synthesize information, students are following the steps of UDL, Universal Design for Learning.

This PDF is the September 2011 issue of MLL, about 3 megabytes. See page 13.

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Norman Rockwell’s “The Problem We All Live With:” Teaching Bush v. Orleans Parish School Board


--Tiffany Middleton
A painting inspired by the 1960 court-ordered escort of Ruby Bridges into a New Orleans school offers an entry point into the study of the civil rights movement and a significant event in American legal history.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7506/7506329.pdf

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Encountering the Complicated Legacy of Andersonville


--James A. Percoco
Teaching about the Civil War through the study of historic sites, such as the Confederate prison at Andersonville, challenges students to wrestle with tough interpretations of American history.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7506/7506326.pdf

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Letter to President Harry Truman about the Murder of Harry T. Moore


--Megan Jones
The featured letter to President Truman about the murder of an NAACP official can be used as a springboard into the exploration of the civil rights struggle and violence, as well as the issue of presidential powers.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7506/7506322.pdf

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