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19th Century Art in the US

For Students 5th
Visual literacy and art appreciation can start at any age. Expose your class to American art of the 19th century. They view two paintings and answer eight questions that require them to think about what they see and the techniques used...
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American Expansion in the late 19th Century

For Students 10th - 12th
Document the teritorial expansion in America during the late 19th Century. With a map and a list of specific items, students label 21 differnt locations.
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Influential Individuals of the 19th Century

For Teachers 6th - 10th
By learning about some of the people who shaped the 19th Century, students can find out about this important time period.
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Irish in the U.S. in the 19th Century

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Sixth graders examine how racial categories have changed over time.  In this history lesson, 6th graders discover that the Irish were not considered white for most of the 19th century and occupied a place of racial ambiguity in America. 
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Africa: The Middle Passage and 19th Century America

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students participate in a series of activities to explore the lives of slaves in 19th century America. They examine the design of slave ships, the hardships endured, and the ways that owners depended on slaves for their economic survival.
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Nellie Bly to Dr. Peter Bryce: 19th Century Asylum Reform

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What kind of treatment could a patient expect in an asylum during the 1800's? The abusive and neglectful conditions in 19th century asylums are the focus of a lesson that examines the work of reformers Nellie Bly, Dorothea Dix, and Dr....
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Post-Impressionism in the Late 19th Century

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Explore one of the most exciting periods in art history with a colorful presentation. The works of Toulouse-Lautrec, Seurat, Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Cezanne are featured in a slideshow about the Post-Impressionists of the late 19th Century. 
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19th Century Chandelier

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students discuss the lines, shapes, and patterns used to decorate a 19th century chandelier. In this visual arts lesson plan, students examine the lines and identify the patterns on the chandelier. Students create a papier-mache...
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Review: 19th and 20th Century

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Take a tour of the major art movements that marked the 19th and 20th centuries. This is an excellent resource intended as an art history  review. Through examples it covers, Romanticism, Realism, photography, Impressionism,...
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Religious Communities: 19TH CENTURY HARMONISTS

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the Second Great Awakening and the religious revivals that swept through the United States during the early decades of the nineteenth century. They compare various communities to the Harmonists of Old Economy.
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Dashes and Dots: A Product of the 19th Century

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Young scholars investigate the advancements the Morse code made possible. In this technology lesson, students discover the impact that the telegraph had on communication in 19th century America. Young scholars examine primary documents...
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The Progressive Era

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders utilize the SOAP method to analyze a work of art and relate it to what they know about the Progressive Era and the reasons why cities changed and the ways in which cities changed during the end of the 19th century. They...
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The Pre-Civil War Era (1815–1850)

For Students 8th - 12th
In this online interactive U.S. history activity, learners respond to 9 short answer and essay questions about 19th century America. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive activity.
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Going to School Paintings

For Teachers K - 2nd
This resource will help you compare and contrast the history of school experiences in America.  In this cross curriculum U.S. history and art appreciation lesson, students view and discuss reproductions of the 19th century "Learning the...
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Using The Ox Cart Man to Illustrate the Life of a Working Family in Early 19th Century New England

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders discuss the farming life in 19th century New England. For this New England lesson, 3rd graders watch a DVD and listen to a story describing this time period. They answer questions and create a Venn Diagram poster showing...
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Fashion Fanfare of the 19th Century

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders compare and contrast the clothing during the 19th century to the fashion trends of the present day. They design something suitable for a future time period and explain why.
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Bridging the Centuries: Teaching the Nineteenth Century English Novel Today

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
Students compare and contrast the elements used in the 19th century British novel and those novels in American society today. In groups, they brainstorm what it might have been like to be a teenager growing up in England during the 19th...
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Westward the Course of Empire Goes: American Imperialism in the Pacific Ocean during the Nineteenth Century

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders research the acquisition of colonial outposts throughout the Pacific Ocean by the United States during the late-nineteenth century. They present their findings to the class and propose which countries or territories the...
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Imperialism Old and New

For Teachers 9th - 12th
If your really want your history class to know everything about old and new imperialism, look no further. This 58-slide presentation depicts, describes, and explains everything from 19th Century expansion and the Congress of Berlin to...
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Immigration & Urban Society: Late 19th Century (2)

For Students 9th - 12th
In this online interactive immigration and urban society worksheet, students answer 10 multiple choice questions regarding late 19th century America. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Colvin Run Mill: A Peek into 19th Century Community and Technology

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders take a field trip to a mill, identify the parts of a mill, what was produced there, and what types of occupations were associated with a mill. They write an essay detailing the reasons they would or wouldn't like to have...
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Childhood in Early 19th-Century America

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students interpret and analyze primary source documents and compare and contrast childhood today with that of the past.
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Women in the 19th Century

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How did women transform pre-Civil War America? Your young historians will learn about the cult of domesticity and discover the efforts of women to improve prisons, schools, and end slavery in the United States during the nineteenth...
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19th Century Reforms

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Take a closer look at the religious and moral reform movements in nineteenth century America, including the creation of utopian communities in response to the growth of the market economy, the fundamental ideals of Protestant religious...

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