Spirit of Nationalism

What were the virtues and values that helped form America? Pupils watch and discuss a video, read biographies of early Americans, chart the differences between early American religious movements, write journals and letters, draw, and create a multimedia presentation. To finish the lesson, learners also complete a problem-based learning project.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have scholars compare the differences and similarities between the Puritans' Mayflower Compact and the Declaration of Independence
  • Invite small groups to assemble collages to depict symbolism from Emerson's writings
Classroom Considerations
  • Print the timeline and biographies for learners in advance 
  • Each biography concludes with a series of higher-order thinking questions
  • There is a lot of variety in the teaching tips and activities 
  • Includes a glossary of key terms for reference, as well as additional resources
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