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Everyday Documents

For Students 4th - 8th
Almost more of a lesson than a worksheet, this particular resource has learners examine different types of historical documents. There is a historical docment embedded in the worksheet that learners study, and they also bring in...
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The Declaration of Independence: From Rough Draft to Proclamation

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students discover how the Declaration of Independence transformed from a draft to a treasured historical document. In this Declaration of Independence lesson, students discuss the context in which Jefferson wrote the document and analyze...
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World Literature Overview

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars evaluate historical documents in order to determine their value and effectiveness for research.  In this world literature instructional activity students give a presentation and compose an essay to share their findings...
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Constitutional Convention, 1875: Photographs as Historical Documents

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders compare and contrast the two photographs.
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Spanish-American War: 5 Day Lesson

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Nine historical documents, an interactive online notebook, and a fantastic opportunity for historical inquiry await your pupils in this 5-day lesson plan. Class members identify and discuss various causes for the Spanish-American War...
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Women of the Civil Rights Movement: How to Interpret a Document

For Students 8th - 11th
Working in a team, students discuss, analyze, and interpret a document associated with the Civil Rights Movement. Though the necessary documents are linked below, a teacher could use this activity with any historical document, as the...
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Images Draw You In:'odd couple'

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Young scholars investigate historical documents. In this primary source analysis lesson, students investigate photographs from the Library of Congress and draw conclusions about the people pictured in them.
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Applying the SOAPS Method of Analyzing Historical Documents

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Young historians use the SOAPS (Speaker, Occasion, Audience, Purpose, Subject) method of questioning to determine the historical value of primary source documents. The third in a series of five lessons that model for learners how...
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Can History Be Rewritten?

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Can history be rewritten? Or, more precisely, is history documented accurately? High school juniors and seniors compare primary source material with secondary sources. For example, they compare President Roosevelt's December 29, 1940...
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The Pursuit of Democracy and Diversity: The Trial of Pro-Social Injustice in Historical Documents and Accounts

For Teachers 8th Standards
Class members investigate The Indian Removal Act of 1830, U.S. Theft of Mexican Territory Timeline, and President Abraham Lincoln’s letter to Horace Greeley, 1862, and then conduct a mock trial of each of these documents to determine...
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Powerful Signatures

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students experience famous historical documents that were initiated and propelled by signatures such as Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution. They create a school amendment using the information gathered.
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Packing Up

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
For this historical documents worksheet, students read the list that Lewis and Clark brought on their expedition across North America. Students then answer the 5 questions.
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Document Analysis Sheet

For Students 6th - 8th
Sometimes all kids need is a little guided practice and then they can be on their way. They can use an analysis worksheet to help them analyze a primary or secondary source document. They answer several questions describing the type of...
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Adapting Documents for the Classroom: Equity and Access

For Teachers 2nd - 12th
Students examine primary sources to gain historical perspectives. In this historical analysis lesson plan, students analyze documents that their instructors have adapted to make more user-friendly. Example adapted primary documents are...
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Coins: Historic Documents and Policy Statements

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students research the importance and meaning of honoring historic documents and policy statements on coins. They consult available texts and bookmarked Internet sites and share their findings with the class. They create a poster that...
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Historical Thinking Chart

For Students 5th - 10th Standards
Narrow down your questions about author perspective, historical context, and veracity of claims in a document with the help of a historical reading chart. Learners track the basics of the document along with advanced evaluation skills...
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The Geste of Robin Hood

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
This isn't your traditional Robin Hood tale! Explore a Middle English ballad with your young historians, and examine the underlying structure and purpose of historical texts.
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The Montgomery Bus Boycott: A Model for Social Transformation

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners discuss Rosa Parks and the Montgomery busy boycott by examining the boycott handbill and Rosa Park's arrest report. They compare both documents and complete the Document Analysis Worksheet. They research the consequences of...
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Early English Exploration and Settlement of the Colony of Virginia

For Teachers 5th - 6th
With resource links, a detailed procedure, embedded primary source documents, and a Readers Theater script, you're ready to teach! Re-enact historical events in order to boost historical perspective, discern main ideas, and draw...
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US Constitution

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Think about the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence with your budding historians. They analyze the importance of historical documents by examining several famous documents, and then they complete activities that check...
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World War I

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Set to music from the time, this clip shows actual footage taken prior to and during WWI. From the funeral procession for Franz Ferdinand, to the mobilization of troops, this video is sure to give your class an idea of life in 1914-1919....
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"I Declare, I Believe This Document May Flower!"

For Teachers 6th - 10th Standards
The Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, the Bill of Rights. The language of these seminal historical documents presents a challenge for even the best readers. Here's a group activity that helps all...
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Getting Personal

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students brainstorm at least ten ways that people communicate (e-mail, instant messaging, Internet chat rooms, personal letters, business letters, faxes, telephone, text messaging, speaking, etc.). They experience the influence of...
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Digging Up Artifacts On Line

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Why is it important to preserve historical documents and artifacts? Examine the role of primary source documents and the availability of these documents on the Internet. Middle and high schoolers write a journal about the nature of...

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