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Oral History and Social History

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine the Great Depression. In this oral and social histories instructional activity, students analyze primary sources to develop an understanding of the America in the 1930's.
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Civil Rights and the 1950s

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Take a closer look at "one of the most important periods of American social history: the 1950s," as well as the type of society that the civil rights movement would endeavor to change. This engaging video begins by detailing the era of...
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American Minority Groups

For Teachers 12th
Explore the contributions individuals have made in the lives of American minority groups. Twelfth graders write a five-page expository piece providing a social history, examples of discrimination, and patterns of assimilation for an...
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Personal Stories and Primary Sources: Conversations with Elders

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners learn from their elders. In this oral and social histories instructional activity, students analyze primary sources to develop an understanding of the America in which their grandparents grew up. Learners conduct interviews...
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Lesson: David Goldblatt: Structures and Normativity, looking at Photography

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Art can be a vehicle for social change and cultural expression. Upper graders examine the art of photographer David Goldblatt, as it pertains to apartheid, South Africa, and the AIDS epidemic. Discussion questions and image links are...
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The Modernization of Seoul

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers explore the history of Seoul, South Korea. In this Seoul lesson plan, students read and analyze handouts regarding the political and social history of the city of Seoul. High schoolers collaborate in small groups and...
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In Search of Truce

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore the relationship between a country's political and social history and its position today. They study 8 African countries immersed in the present conflict in Congo. They present their findings.
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Franklin’s Philadelphia: Another Point of View

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
While Benjamin Franklin enjoyed fame and success in colonial Philadelphia, that was not the experience of all coming to the British colonies. Young scholars trace the life of an indentured servant using a scholarly biography and reading...
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Defying Expectations: Unsung Hero: Marsha P. Johnson and the Stonewall Riots

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The 1960s were a turbulent time, but the charismatic figure of Marshal P. Johnson is often left out of the provocative stories of the era. With primary sources that talk about Johnson and her role in the Stonewall Riots, scholars unpack...
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Immigration and Oral History

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine immigration. In this oral and social histories lesson, students analyze primary sources to research immigration history in their community. In this year-long research project, students participate in visual and...
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Social and Cultural Significance

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students examine the social history of buildings and think creatively about the origins of buildings for which they do not know the history. They discuss the influence of social issues on architecture.
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Cora Unashamed

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students watch the Masterpiece movie " Cora Unashamed." They study American social history, race relations, and investigate Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance. They have a discussion before and after viewing the film.
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People of African Descent

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students view art by artists of African descent. Using these paintings, they discuss the social history of Africans and focus on specific artists to examine their lives. They also reflect on the Canadian Multiculturalism Act which...
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Child Labor in America

For Teachers 8th - Higher Ed
Students investigate child labor during the Great Depression. In this US policy lesson, students evaluate multiple layers of the social, economic, and political affects of policy during the Great Depression. Students will engage in 5...
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My Mask, My Voice

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Recognize Black History Month with an examination of the African diaspora and a hands-on mask-making project. Learners first view and discuss images of artwork before creating their own plaster masks.
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The Age of Reason and Enlightenment

For Teachers 10th - 12th
A presentation that truly covers the age of reason and enlightenment. Nearly every facet, event, and key player in 18th Century Age of Enlightenment is covered. The information is clear, easy to follow, and lends itself well to note...
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Differing Federal Responses to the Great Depression: Letter Analysis

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Young analysts examine two letters, one written by President Hoover and one written by FDR. Each letter contains that president's response to the role of the Federal Government during times of crisis (The Great Depression). They analyze...
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The blues highway: An integration of music with geography

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students analyze the movement of the blues from rural Mississippi to urban Chicago and how place and the environment affected the development of the blues. They define the blues, where it originated and how and why it moved to Chicago....
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Lesson: Text Messages

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Can a neon sign be considered art? Kids consider two different works that use neon text as the basis for conveying artistic social messages. They then analyze a truism from Jenny Holzer's web site that holds meaning to them personally....
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From Africa to Canada

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Represent the African diaspora with figurines. Using a discussion on the contributions of people of African descent as inspiration, class members prepare sketches of a figure and put together a small sculpture from those sketches.
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A Unity Wall Drawing

For Teachers K - 3rd
Build class community with an art project. Learners first examine and discuss works of art. They then contribute to a class mural by tracing their hands and decorating them in relation to their own cultures. The final mural incorporates...
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How the Bra Was Invented

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Ida Rosenthal, her husband William, and her business partner came up with the idea and design of the first brassiere. View a brief video that explains how the design came to be.
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Journalism for Justice

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Roll the presses! Or at least have your class members participate in the time-honored tradition of the student press by creating their own newspapers or journalist pieces on a social problem. After conducting research and collaborating...
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A Cultural Portrait

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Explore heritage and identity through an examination of art and a related project. The featured art, related to the African diaspora, includes several types of art created by different artists. Pupils consider their own backgrounds and...

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