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The Two-Party System in American History: Ch 5

For Students 7th - 8th
Five matching and 5 multiple choice questions to challenge your class. Their answers will test their knowledge of early American government. Party systems, Electorate, and major constituents of the time are the topics included.
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A Contested History

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Memories of and interpretations of history change—that's the key takeaway from a lesson that has young historians compare the story of the Reconstruction Era as told by the historians of the Dunning School to the view of scholars today...
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2017 AP® United States History Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Were unfair taxes really the cause of the American Revolution? Learners explore the complicated historiography behind the revolutionary period using authentic College Board prompts. The free-response questions from the exam feature...
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History of African-American Music

For Teachers K - 8th
Learners are introduced to African-American music history through this lesson. They begin their study by taking a look at the slave work song and work their way through to modern rap and hip-hop. Students also take a closer look at...
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After Reconstruction: Problems of African Americans in the South

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Lynchings, race riots, and Jim Crow laws were just a few examples of antagonism that African Americans faced after Emancipation. Class groups investigate these and other events, and prepare a presentation to inform the class about the...
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Chapter 18: The Reconstruction Era (Test)

For Students 7th - 9th
Six pages and 41 questions await your class, as they show what they know about the era of Reconstruction. Each question asks who, what, where, when, or why, regarding the people, places, laws, and events related to Reconstruction. You...
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Reconstruction: The Birth of a Nation - Rewriting History through Propaganda

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
How historically accurate was the film The Birth of a Nation? Using a video that features clips from the film and analysis from historians, young scholars explore the connection between art and history. Additional activities include...
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On This Day: OPEC Declares Oil Embargo

For Students 7th - Higher Ed Standards
The memories of gas lines from the OPEC Oil Embargo linger in the memories of many Americans. A series of video clips—including those from experts on the subject of oil importation, Jimmy Carter addressing the country, and Congress...
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Modern Interpretations

For Teachers 4th - 8th
To conclude an eight-lesson study of the events that occurred in the early colonial period in Deerfield, Massachussetss, class members evaluate the point of view and bias found in late 19th and early 20th century retellings.
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American History Games

For Students 7th - 10th
Introduce your class members to the essential questions and information they will be learning in an American history unit with a game app that can also be used again as a review at the end of the study.
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Texts and Era Introduction

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
Make text-to-world connections between 1920s American history and The Great Gatsby. Upper graders share facts they researched about the 1920s the evening prior, view two video clips about F. Scott Fitzgerald, and then choose a book to...
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Progressive Era Women

For Students 7th - 12th
The National Women's History Museum provides this interactive resource that permits users to explore women who played key roles during the Progressive Era in the quest for workers' rights, the Settlement House Movement, the Suffrage...
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World War II

For Students 5th - 12th Standards
December 7th is remembered as a tragic time in American history, but some scholars may not know why. The resource explains the significance of the bombing of Pearl Harbor as well as how World War II relates to American history. The...
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2016 AP® United States History Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
The British and Spanish both had footholds in the New World, yet they had different approaches. Scholars explore the dynamics, along with the reasons behind immigration to the United States and business practices of the Gilded Age in a...
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To Kill A Mockingbird: A Historical Perspective

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners study the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Through studying primary source materials from American Memory and other online resources, students of all backgrounds study the relationships between blacks and whites.
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Not Only Paul Revere: Other Riders of the American Revolution

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners examine circumstances surrounding rides of the American Revolution other than Paul Revere's, explore why posterity treated them differently than Revere's ride, and create original poems based on historical fact.
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The Impact of the Jim Crow Era on Education, 1877–1930s

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Even though American slaves were officially emancipated in 1865, the effects of slavery perpetuated throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Middle and high schoolers learn about the ways that discrimination and the Jim Crow laws...
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Cold War Conflict in Vietnam: The Vietnam-Era Presidency

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Comparing and evaluating various media types is a great way to build critical analysis skills. Learners read about the Vietnam era presidency, specifically the foreign policy established by Johnson and Nixon. Then they compare several...
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Keeping the Faith: African Americans Return to Congress, 1929–1970

For Teachers 7th - 12th
New ReviewThe third lesson in a unit that traces the history of African Americans serving in the US Congress examines the period from 1929 through 1970. After reading a contextual essay that details the few African Americans elected to Congress...
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Mercantilism and The Colonial American Economy

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The invisible hand of trade. Viewers use the AP review video to learn the impact of mercantilism on the American Colonies. They examine the question of taxation without representation as the colonists get more and more upset with the...
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US History and Government Examination: June 2016

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
A comprehension check uses multiple-choice and essay questions for a balanced examination concepts in both US History and government. The test covers a variety of topics, including British mercantilism, the Monroe Doctrine, and the...
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Permanent Interests: The Expansion, Organization, and Rising Influence of African Americans in Congress, 1971–2007

For Teachers 7th - 12th
New ReviewThe fourth installment of the seven-lesson plan unit focused on African Americans elected to and serving in the US Congress looks at the period from 1971 through 2007. Class members read a contextual essay that provides background...
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Ben Franklin and the Origins of American Diplomacy

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students study the origins of American diplomacy. In this early American history activity, students research Ambassador Ben Franklin's missions to England and France on behalf of the United States. Students share their research results...
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Enslaved African Americans and Expressions of Freedom

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students analyze a painting from African-American culture to determine its meaning. Reading slave spirituals, they discover what live was like for African-Americans who were enslaved in the South. They draw conclusions about their desire...

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