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Reading Primary Source Documents: Comparing Sources

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students analyze and compare various primary source documents. They formulate historical questions based on the documents.
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The assassination of the Archduke: Exploring Perspectives

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Use political cartoons for a multiple-perspectives strategy, as pupils learn about the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. After an anticipatory discussion, they are split into 2 groups. The class reads a primary source account...
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The Underground Railroad

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers write about the impact of the Underground Railroad. They examine primary documents as they conduct independent research to explore the role of the Underground Railroad during the fight for abolition. They compose essays...
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How to Analyze a Primary Source

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders examine different types of primary sources.  In this Social Studies activity, 9th graders participate in an activity that makes them use higher level thinking skills.  Students complete worksheets on primary sources. 
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The Journey of Slaves Toward Freedom

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students determine how slavery threatened America's guarantee of liberty. In this slavery instructional activity, students analyze primary documents and write essays about their roles in the slavery debate in the United States.
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The New York City Draft Riots: A Role Play

For Teachers 8th - 10th
This is a fun, thought-provoking instructional activity. Learners use census data from 1855, primary source documents, their historical knowledge, and information regarding the New York City Draft Riots of 1863 to construct and engage in...
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English Language and Composition: Sex Education in Schools

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Although designed for the essay portion of AP English Language and Composition exam, this exercise provides an excellent opportunity for learners to practice using information found in primary source documents to support an argument. 
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End of Unit 3 Assessment: Writing a Research Synthesis

For Teachers 7th Standards
New ReviewReady, set, write! Scholars work on the end-of-unit assessment by completing a writing prompt. They then look at the model performance task from lesson two to create a rubric for scoring the exercise. Using turn and talk, they discuss...
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WWII: The Pacific 1939-45 – Iwo Jima

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Of the images that have permeated history to define American courage, perseverance, and patriotism, the 1945 photograph of United States Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima is one of the most well known. After researching the pivotal...
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Fueling the Future

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Future mechanical engineers and automotive technicians read about various solutions to using gasoline in cars. Included are electric, fuel-cell-powered, and hybrid vehicles.
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Synthesis of Information

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Locating and synthesizing information is an essential part of the research process but can be overwhelming for many young writers. Eliminate some of the stress and confusion, this resource suggests, by separating these steps. To focus...
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Scrapbook Project for Novels

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Tired of the five-paragraph essay? Try this unique project idea that can be adapted for any novel. Readers creatively explore character, setting, and plot with a scrapbooking assignment. This source includes a sample project for How the...
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Ocean Primary Production

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
A cold seep is an area on the ocean floor where hydrocarbons leak from the earth, creating entire unique biomes. Learners explore cold seeps, photosynthesis in the ocean, and its limitations due to loss of sunlight. They further explore...
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Collective Intelligence about 1920s American Literature

For Teachers 11th
The Great Gatsby, Babbitt, and Their eyes Were Watching God all require readers to have some knowledge of the 1920s. Provide that background with a research activity that asks learners to explore mores and trends of the time period...
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African Americans and the Vietnam War

For Teachers 11th
No need to look any further. This resource has everything for a solid exploration of the role of African Americans in the Vietnam War. Class members read primary sources, including a Martin Luther King speech, political cartoons of the...
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Robert Boyle and Medical Reform in the 17th Century

For Teachers 7th - 11th Standards
Introduce pupils to the work of Robert Boyle and his influence on medical practice through a series of informational texts and discussion questions.
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Introduction to the History of the Holocaust

For Teachers 7th - 9th
The Holocaust is unbelievable! Examine this piece of history with your class. Using the Internet, research groups determine the relevance of information presented, compare how different sites present the same information, synthesize...
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India and Pakistan: Rivals from Birth

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders, after being divided into two groups, are assigned either Pakistan or India. They conduct research using the Internet, reference books, and magazines. The class compares and contrasts the two countries to find sources of...
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For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders use primary sources to write a Document Based Question essay understanding a writing rubric -basic essay writing/paragraphing-introduction and conclusion -Knowing the North American geographical regions and its physical...
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The Cell Cycle and Mitosis

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What a packed lesson! Provide your class with the opportunity to learn about the cell cycle in several exciting ways. Biologists first learn about the theory behind mitosis, then proceed to view onion tips under the microscope and create...
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Multimedia and the Public Speaker

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners use various types of sources to gather information for a topic of their choice. Using primary and secondary sources, they organize the information and present it to the class. They are graded based a rubric given to them and...
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Synthesizing to Support a Thesis- Big Picture Emphasis

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Help your researchers as they begin to develop a topic for research with these worksheets. Included are two nicely designed graphic organizers that assist pupils in narrowing and researching their topic, and an efficient evaluation page...
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Approaching the Iraq War

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students identify the justifications for the war in Iraq as seen from teh American and Middle Eastern perspectives. They research personal, primary and secondary sources to create a constructed poster board perspective. The poster board...
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Weather Extremes in Canada: Understanding the Sources and Dangers of Weather

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students utilize Canadian Atlas, identify air masses that affect Canada, distinguish between cold and warm fronts, research and examine causes of weather extremes in Canada, and identify dangers associated with weather extremes.