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Lesson 3: Making a Living

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Learners, in groups, create hypothetical financial plans for a colonial Maine family living on the frontier.
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What Came First? - Primary Sources

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders watch video clips and view a website to work out a definition of "primary source." They determine how primary sources can be used in research.
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Stand Up and Sing

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Young scholars locate historical references in songs. They create music/lyrics to illustrate an historical topic.
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Looking for Heroes

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explain the importance of the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery Voting Rights March and the long term impact in the US of non violent civic participation.
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Taking a Stand - 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery Voting Rights March

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery Voting Rights March. They view pictures reflecting their perceptions of their most important rights as citizens, write journal responses, create collages illustrating courage, and read...
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Abraham Lincoln: Preserving the Union (2 Parts)

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students examine the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. They explore the trials and tribulations of the Civil War, and the problem of slavery that destroyed the Union. They also explore the man behind the image of the 16th president.
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Was it a New Deal or a Raw Deal?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate the facets of the New Deal. In this Great Depression lesson, students research primary documents to explore the pros and cons of the New Deal legislation. Students respond to 1930's newspaper editorials regarding...
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The Great Depression and FDR

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders recognize some of the causes and effects of the Great Depression, and thereby explain the motives behind Roosevelt's "New Deal" program for the United States.
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Petition of Amelia Bloomer Regarding Suffrage in the West

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate the role of Amelia Jenks Bloomer in the struggles for suffrage and political reform. They consider the factors involved in political socialization and compile webliographies of their research materials.
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Slavery and the Legal Status of Free Blacks

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the status of free blacks in Illinois and slavery in the U.S. They read and analyze primary source documents, answer and discuss questions, participate in a group discussion, and present the group's findings to the class.
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Teddy Roosevelt

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students examine the life, contributions, and influence of Teddy Roosevelt. They view a slideshow lecture and take notes on a handout, filling in the blanks on the handout. Students then write a persuasive letter to a governmental...
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The Great Depression and Now: The Migrant Worker Experience

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students identify the concerns of people caught in desperate times during the Great Depression. They make connections between The Grapes of Wrath and historical images from the Great Depression. Students make connections between the...
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Supreme Court Decisions and the CRM

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders investigate different Supreme Court decisions. In this Civil Rights lesson, 11th graders research and read the decisions of specific court cases. students write a short essay describing the effects of these cases.
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Give Me Liberty

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders investigate the lives and societal contributions of Patrick Henry and Sojourner Truth. They complete a series of lessons that compare and contrast the biographies, historical context and work of these two revolutionaries.
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Primary Source Worksheet: Lyndon B. Johnson, Excerpt from “The Great Society”

For Students 8th - 11th
Young historians examine Lyndon Johnson's vision for a rich, powerful, and upward society as detailed in this excerpt from his famous "Great Society" speech presented at the University of Michigan in 1964.
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Teaching the World Wars Through Art

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students can learn about World War I and II through art, such as posters, paintings, and photographs,

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