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Looking for Lincoln Through His Words: Lesson Plan
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In this lesson, students explore how Abraham Lincoln used the power of words in speeches, letters and other documents. In the Introductory Activity, students watch a segment from the PBS film Looking for Lincoln featuring Lincoln quotes and try to identify the origin of each quotation. In the first Learning Activity, students closely examine Lincoln’s use of words in the Gettysburg Address and learn that a short speech can be powerful. In the second Learning Activity, students discuss different reasons for writing letters and review some of Abraham Lincoln’s letters. In the Culminating Activity, students write their own speeches or letters and then present them to the class.

Subject:
Civics and Government
Education
Elementary Education
Social Studies
U.S. History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
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PBS Learning Media
Date Added:
07/31/2022
Martin Luther King Jr.
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In this lesson, students will watch a video about Dr. King that emphasizes his commitment to nonviolence. They will then examine and analyze a 1956 flyer and a 1966 photograph that illustrate King’s approach to maintaining nonviolence. The lesson culminates with a comparison to other leaders who have been consistently nonviolent in spite of great personal risk.

Subject:
Education
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Reading Informational Text
Social Studies
U.S. History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
PBS Learning Media
Date Added:
07/31/2022
National Civil Rights Museum-Lorraine Motel
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  Programs | National Civil Rights Museum Virtual programs serve 50-1000 students & teachers and are geared for PreK-12 audiences. Programs are interactive and engaging but require minimal materials to participate. Program titles include:Young Activists Changing the WorldCivil Rights She-roesUnsung Heroes Who Led the WayMusic of the MovementInstruments of Change: The Power of Media & ArtThe Legacy of Dr. King: Where Do We Go from Here?Small But Mighty Storytime 

Subject:
U.S. History
Material Type:
Interactive
Simulation
Author:
Corey Thompson
Date Added:
07/11/2023
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
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The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (NURFC) is a beacon of hope that sits in downtown Cincinnati just a few steps from the banks of the Ohio River, the great natural barrier that separated the slave states of the South from the free states of the North. Since opening in 2004, the NURFC has filled a substantial void in our nation’s cultural heritage. Rooted in the stories of the Underground Railroad, the NURFC illuminates the true meaning of inclusive freedom by presenting permanent and special exhibits that inspire, public programming that provoke dialogue and action, and educational resources that equip modern abolitionists. It's vision is to be the preeminent cultural learning center for inclusive freedom — locally, nationally and globally.

Subject:
Education
Social Studies
U.S. History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Reading
Author:
©2020 National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Date Added:
07/01/2023
Native Sovereignty and the Revolution: Mystery 3: WHAT STRATEGIES TO NATIVE NATIONS USE TO PROTECT THEIR SOVEREIGNTY DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION (1)?
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In this lesson, students will be introduced to five different strategies that Native nations used to protect their land and sovereignty during the American Revolution. Students will be reminded about the key ideas of the American Revolution and learn a little bit about how the Americans talked about Native people in the Declaration of Independence. They will also learn that both the British and the Americans tried to court Native nations to join their side during the war. Students will then be introduced to five different strategies used by different Native nations.
This lesson is part of a unit that includes the following lessons:
Grade 3 Unit 2 History Mystery 1: WHAT IS NATIVE SOVEREIGNTY AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Grade 3 Unit 2 History Mystery 2: WHAT CAN DIFFERENT MAPS TELL US ABOUT NATIVE SOVEREIGNTY AND NATIVE LAND?
Grade 3 Unit 2 History Mystery 3: WHAT STRATEGIES TO NATIVE NATIONS USE TO PROTECT THEIR SOVEREIGNTY DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION (1)?
Grade 3 Unit 2 History Mystery 4: WHAT STRATEGIES TO NATIVE NATIONS USE TO PROTECT THEIR SOVEREIGNTY DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION (2)?

Subject:
American Indian Studies
Civics and Government
Education
Elementary Education
Social Studies
U.S. History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
History's Mysteries
Date Added:
06/01/2022
Native Tribes of Wisconsin:  Southern Tribes
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This unit focuses on the southern tribes of Wisconsin. Students will learn about the location of each tribe. They will also learn about a brief history of the tribes. Students will be asked to do some of the research on their own . This unit contains links to two individual lessons focusing on the Brothertown and Potawatomi band of Native Americans. Each lesson contains links to necessary material.

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Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Learning Task
Lesson
Unit of Study
Date Added:
06/21/2018
Our Constitution: The Bill of Rights (Grades 4–6)
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This lesson on the Bill of Rights is part of Gilder Lehrman’s series of Common Core-based units. These units were written to enable students to understand, summarize, and analyze original texts of historical significance. Students will demonstrate this knowledge by writing summaries of selections from the original document and, by the end of the unit, demonstrating their understanding through visual and oral presentations. Through this step-by-step process, students will acquire the skills to analyze any primary or secondary source material.
Lesson #1
Students will understand the rights and restrictions that are defined by the first five amendments of the Bill of Rights in the United States Constitution. They will demonstrate that understanding by restating those ideals in their own words.

Lesson #2
Students will understand the rights and restrictions that are defined by amendments 6–10 of the Bill of Rights in the United States Constitution. They will demonstrate that understanding by restating those ideals in their own words.

Lesson #3
Students will demonstrate their understanding of the Bill of Rights by drawing an illustration depicting one of the amendments and citing a direct quote from the amendment as a caption. This caption will serve as direct evidence for the accurate interpretation of the text. The students will then present their drawing in the form of a short oral presentation to the class. The teacher may allow students to substitute a computer-based drawing or graphics alternative to an actual hand-drawn illustration.

Subject:
Civics and Government
Education
Elementary Education
Social Studies
U.S. History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Tim Bailey
Date Added:
06/30/2022
PBS Wisconsin Education Wisconsin Biographies
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A collection of educational media resources that features the stories of people who have shaped Wisconsin's history. Stories span a range of eras, areas of impact, and identities of individuals featured. Themes in the collection focus on community builders, innovators of industry, justice seekers, land protectors and leaders in government.

With each story you'll find:
- A short animated video (3-8 minutes)
- Questions to spark reflection, connection, and conversation
- A short digital biography book (accessible as a Google slide deck) with per-page audio, glossary terms, images, and maps
- A historical image gallery
- An educator guide with extension activity ideas and standards supported

Subject:
Character Education
Civics and Government
Education
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Reading Informational Text
Social Studies
Material Type:
Other
Author:
PBS Wisconsin Education
Date Added:
07/24/2022
Pack Your Suitcase: A lesson in immigration, decision making, and what impacts our choices
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Emigration is when someone leaves their home country and moves to live in a different country. During the Great Hunger, many Irish people left Ireland for good. People emigrated for many reasons. Some left because there was not enough food, and others because their landlord had evicted them. Many landlords evicted their tenants to avoid paying for their care. Some of these landlords also paid to put the Irish living on their land on a boat headed for the United States, Australia, England or Canada.
Included in this Lesson Plan:
 Background historical information
 Background primary source documents and activities related to Irish emigration in the 19th century
 A Pack Your Suitcase worksheet which can be used individually or for a group
activity, and requires some math and discussion, and recording with a pencil
 A comparison of 19th century and modern US immigration
 A model citizenship test

Subject:
Civics and Government
Education
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Reading Informational Text
Social Studies
U.S. History
World History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Ireland's Great Hunger Mueseum
Date Added:
08/04/2022
The Preamble to the US Constitution, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the Declaration of Independence
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This unit is part of Gilder Lehrman’s series of Common Core State Standards–based teaching resources. These units were developed to enable students to understand, summarize, and analyze original texts of historical significance. Through a step-by-step process, students will acquire the skills to analyze any primary or secondary source material.

Over the course of three lessons the students will analyze text from three documents defining American democracy: the Preamble to the United States Constitution, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the second section of the Declaration of Independence. Understanding these three texts is an essential part of understanding American ideology and citizenship. Students will closely analyze these sources and use textual evidence to draw their conclusions and present their understanding as directed in each lesson.

Subject:
Civics and Government
Education
Elementary Education
Social Studies
U.S. History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Tim Bailey
Date Added:
06/30/2022
Recollection Wisconsin Lesson plans and ideas for Educators
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Recollection Wisconsin brings together digital cultural heritage resources from Wisconsin libraries, archives, museums and historical societies and shares them with the world in partnership with the Digital Public Library of America. The webpage provides different 4-8ideas for teaching about Wisconsin history.

Subject:
American Indian Studies
Civics and Government
Education
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Reading Informational Text
Social Studies
U.S. History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Recollection WIsconsin
Date Added:
07/18/2022
Relations Between Native Americans and White Colonizers in Wisconsin Wisconsin Historical Society Citizen Petition and Access Project
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In this lesson, students will understand some of the struggles and prejudices Native Americans faced
in 19th-century Wisconsin. They will also be able to articulate the various concerns expressed in 19th-century
petitions as they relate to the Native American relationship with white Colonizers.

Note: Primary source materials such as petitions, letters, and diaries capture history as it happened, and
many customs, terms, social mores, and attitudes that are considered offensive now were
commonplace at the time. Please read through the primary source material before assigning it to
your class.

Subject:
American Indian Studies
Civics and Government
Education
Elementary Education
Social Studies
U.S. History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Wisconsin Historical Society
Date Added:
06/29/2022
Speaker's Bureau, Featuring Jeff Kannel | Wisconsin Historical Society
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Jeff Kannel is the author of Make Way for Liberty: Wisconsin African Americans in the Civil War. He has been a volunteer and tour guide at the Civil War Museum in Kenosha, Wisconsin, since 2012 and speaks around the state about the role of Wisconsin African American soldiers and employees during the Civil War.

Subject:
Social Studies
U.S. History
Material Type:
Lecture
Other
Author:
© 1996-2023 Wisconsin Historical Society
Date Added:
07/05/2023
Teachinghistory.org
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Picture book biographies can provide young readers with a great deal of information. Yet without a focus for reading, students often pay attention to interesting details and tidbits—what's been called the "terrific specifics"—rather than the big ideas in history. As they read and respond to picture book biographies, students will see fundamental differences between the past and the present and witness the impact some people had on the times in which they lived.

Subject:
Character Education
Education
Elementary Education
Social Studies
U.S. History
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Myra Zarnowski
Date Added:
07/11/2023
To Sign or Not to Sign
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On Constitution Day, students will examine the role of the people in shaping the United States Constitution. First, students will respond to a provocative statement posted in the room. They will then watch a video that gives a brief explanation of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, or listen as the video transcript is read aloud. A Constitution poster is provided so students can examine Article VII and discuss it as a class.
The elementary and middle school educator will then
guide students through a read-aloud play depicting two Constitutional Convention delegates who disagreed about ratifying the Constitution.

Subject:
Civics and Government
Education
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Reading Informational Text
Social Studies
Speaking and Listening
U.S. History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
National Constitution Center
Date Added:
07/06/2022
Veterans Day Teachers Guide
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Important information about how to honor Veterans in school and classroom settings. The activities in this 2021 guide can be applied to any year. The VA publishes a new guide every year.

Subject:
Character Education
Civics and Government
Education
Elementary Education
Social Studies
U.S. History
Material Type:
Alternate Assessment
Author:
Department of Veteran's Affairs
Date Added:
07/31/2022
What Was Columbus Thinking?
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Most students recognize the name Christopher Columbus. They may be aware that his voyages ushered in the first period of sustained contact between Europeans and the Americas and its people. They may not know, however, why Columbus traveled to the New World or what happened to the native people he encountered.

In this lesson, students read excerpts from Columbus's letters and journals, as well as recent considerations of his achievements. Students reflect on the motivations behind Columbus's explorations, his reactions to what he found and the consequences, intended and unintended, of his endeavor.

Subject:
American Indian Studies
Education
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Reading Informational Text
Social Studies
World Cultures
World History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
EdSiteMent
Date Added:
07/31/2022