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2,176 reviewed resources for historical context

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Seeing Art in Historical Context: An Activity to Promote Visual Literacy

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students consider works of art in their historical context. In this art in historical context lesson, students are encouraged to think about and record their prior knowledge of the historical period and to make inferences about the...
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Picking Rusty Gold: Why Do People Buy and Sell Antiques?

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Your historical sleuths will work to research the in-depth history of chosen artifacts and will use their research to design a fictional advertisement for an early 20th century item.
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The Great Gatsby Historical Background Using Multi-Genre Research Project

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Before beginning F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, create a historical context of the Roaring 20s with this lesson. Set up a gallery walk with the provided PowerPoint, which features 10 topics related to the 1920s. Then begin a...
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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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Old Toys

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
It's funny how things change over time. Show your class how different and similar toys from the past were to the toys of today. Each slide contains an image, name, and description of a toy typical of those used in the 1800's and early...
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A Look Through My Antonia's Eyes

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Thoroughly delve into My Antonia by Willa Cather with a plethora of activities. Engage scholars with videos and web sites in this week-long unit that explains the historical context and creates pioneers in the field of research. An...
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In the Time of the Butterflies: Culture and History

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Continue your study of In the Time of the Butterflies with this second lesson in a series of ten. Pupils participate in an exploration of the setting Julia Alvarez creates, a discussion about truth and fiction and their reading from the...
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Everyone Sang - Moods in Poetry

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Start by reading the poem "Everyone Sang" by Siegried Sassoon. The archive also houses an audio clip, so consider playing that instead of reading it aloud. After hearing the poem twice, middle and high schoolers will discuss a list of...
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The Diary of Anne Frank

For Students 8th - 10th Standards
While designed to supplement a viewing of the PBS Masterpiece Classic The Diary of Anne Frank, this resource can also serve as an excellent informational text and activity source for your learners on the historical context and timeline...
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End of the Cold War

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How significant was the Cold War during the 20th century? After reading and analyzing speeches by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, learners consider the historical context of foreign policy decisions made during the Cold War by both...
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Critical Thinking in A Christmas Carol

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol provides middle schoolers an opportunity to examine how references to historical context can contribute to the impact of and the theme of a story. Groups conduct a close reading of an excerpt from the...
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Historical Analysis of Constitutional Amendments

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Each of the 27 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution were adopted within specific economic, political, social or cultural, and international contexts. As part of their Constitution Day/Week studies, seniors investigate these factors for...
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Building Context for the Narrative: The Abolition Movement

For Teachers 7th Standards
That's history. Scholars work together to review the text Abolition and its accompanying text-dependent questions. They then determine what information to add to the Historical Context anchor chart. For homework, individuals think of...
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Scaffolded Reading of "Drawing of an African Burial Ground Grave in Situ"

For Teachers 7th - 9th
The class reads the description of the "Drawing of an African Burial Ground Grave In Situ" then completes a work sheet. They act like archaeologists and answer a series of critical thinking questions to better understand the historical...
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Collage and Photomontage

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders discuss collage and photomontage techniques and artists, and how the art form can convey cultural or current issues. They research a collage artist, then design a topical or personally symbolic collage. Present their...
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Understanding the Context: The Mayflower Compact

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Scholars obtain a brief background of the Mayflower Compact, read its contents, and answer two questions that look at the passage's context to enhance reading comprehension.     
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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

For Teachers 9th
Understanding the historical context of Arthur Miller's The Crucible is an important part in understanding the play itself. Over 25 slides, the audience learns details of Miller's early childhood and some major events that were happening...
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Political Ads in Historical Context

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Campaign ads target both timely issues and general themes. Presidential campaign ads from 1952 and 1988 provide class members an opportunity to compare how the topics ads choose to address can dramatically influence election outcomes.
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Historical Context: Discovering a Painting

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Class members are presented with the image of a painting and asked to record their first impressions and analysis. They then research the time period in which it was painted and discuss how their research impacted their first impression...
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Analyzing Artifacts

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
If only a mask could talk! Using the interactive tool along with historical thinking skills, pupils uncover the meaning behind the various materials the resource presents. History becomes more relevant as the artifacts tell their stories...
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Persuasion in Historical Context: The Gettysburg Address

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
The Gettysburg Address is a powerful text. Use it to teach persuasion and the importance of word choice. The lesson plan detailed here includes a scaffolded background knowledge activity that includes image analysis of photos from the...
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Rationing in WWII

For Teachers 5th - 7th
What was life like in Britain during World War II? Discover how England used rationing to encourage conservation during a time of war. Learners will see images of actual ration books and read how people used them to buy clothes, food,...
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The 1960s, Rock and Youth Culture and The Beatles

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Discuss the very interesting topic of the impact of rock and pop culture with your class. How is youth culture tied to rock and pop culture? Why were The Beatles so overwhelmingly popular? What effect did Beatlemania have on youth,...
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Life in the Trenches: World War I

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Live the sights, routines, and daily life suffered by World War I trench soldiers. Through images and rich descriptive text, learners will gain an understanding of life during WWI. Slides describe the perils of war, such as insect and...

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