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Abraham Lincoln: Man versus Legend
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In this lesson, students interrogate their own assumptions about Abraham Lincoln in order to arrive at a deeper understanding of who Lincoln was. They investigate primary source documents in order to analyze the elements of Lincoln's life that have become legend and those that have been forgotten by history.

Subject:
Reading Informational Text
Social Studies
Civics and Government
U.S. History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
PBS Learning Media
Date Added:
07/31/2022
Creating Columbus Day
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Using primary sources related to the official proclamation of Columbus Day as a holiday at the national level, this activity asks students to analyze the documents (official proclamation and a newspaper advertisement) to determine why President Harrison chose to declare it as a holiday. Accessing the lesson/document does require setting up free account.

Subject:
U.S. History
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Activity/Lab
Formative Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Benjamin Harrison
Stanford History Education Group
Date Added:
08/15/2022
Lesson Plans · George Washington's Mount Vernon
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Collection of Lesson plans related to George Washington’s life, his service to his country, and his legacy. Lesson plans can be searched by grade level and topic.

Subject:
Elementary Education
Reading Informational Text
Social Studies
Civics and Government
Gender Studies
U.S. History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
George Washington's Mount Vernon
Date Added:
08/04/2022
Martin Luther King Jr Day
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Enhance your classroom experience on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day with these teacher-tested lessons from the nationally recognized We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution curriculum. These materials will help inform your students about the national struggle for civil rights and equal protection under the law.

Subject:
Reading Informational Text
Social Studies
Civics and Government
U.S. History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Center for Civics Education
Date Added:
07/31/2022
Mildred Fish Harnack: The Story of A Wisconsin Woman’s Resistance
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The story of Mildred Fish Harnack holds many lessons including the power of education and the importance of doing what is right despite great peril. ‘The Story of a Wisconsin Woman’s Resistance’ is one we should regard in developing a sense of purpose; there is strength in the knowledge that one individual can make a difference by standing up and taking action in the face of adversity. This exhibit will explore the life and work of Mildred Fish Harnack and the Red Orchestra.The exhibit will allow you to explore Mildred Fish Harnack from an artistic, historic, and literary standpoint and will provide your students with a different perspective of this time period. The achievements of those who were in the Red Orchestra resistance organization during World War II have been largely unrecognized; this is an opportunity to celebrate their heroic
action. Through Mildred, we are able to examine life within Germany under the Nazi regime and gain a better understanding of why someone would risk her life to stand up to injustice.
This guide, intended for teachers of grades 7 – 12, includes classroom and museum activities and worksheets for use with
Mildred Fish Harnack: The Story of a Wisconsin Women’s Resistance, on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee
from August 7, 2011, through November 28, 2011.

Subject:
Education
Character Education
English Language Arts
Reading Informational Text
Social Studies
Civics and Government
U.S. History
World History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Date Added:
07/01/2022
PBS News Hour Martin Luther King Jr. Day Classroom Resources
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Use the following NewsHour Classroom resources to examine King’s impact on civil rights and his ongoing legacy. Lessons include a deep dive anayisis of the “I have a dream” speech and the impact of Dr, King’s work on current evens

Subject:
Reading Informational Text
Social Studies
Civics and Government
U.S. History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
PBS NewsHour
Victoria Pasquantonio
Date Added:
07/31/2022
Progressive Era Political Cartoons
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Cartoons in Sunday comic strips make us laugh. Political cartoons in the front section of the newspaper challenge us to think.

Because political cartoons present a particular point of view or story through symbolism and caricature, they are a particularly effective method for teaching history.

By interpreting political cartoons, students are encouraged to discover different points of view on the same historical event.

The three political cartoons in this section focus on Robert M. La Follette; they offer an additional opportunity to explore the progressive era in Wisconsin. Suggested activities, brief histories of each cartoon, a one-page biography of La Follette, and an introduction to cartoon analysis are also included.

Subject:
Education
Reading Informational Text
Social Studies
U.S. History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Wisconsin Historical Society
Date Added:
07/01/2022
SURVIVING IMPRISONMENT IN THE PACIFIC; THE STORY OF AMERICAN POWS
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By reading primary sources outlining the rights of prisoners of war, along with the primary accounts of American prisoners of war held by the Japanese, students should critically assess the nature of violations committed by the Japanese forces during World War II. Through this assessment, the students should be able to determine the specific ways Japanese forces violated the rights of American POWs. Students should also consider how the Geneva Conventions, and Japan’s lack of ratification, apply to the debates that surrounded Japanese war crimes at the postwar Tokyo Trials.

Subject:
Reading Informational Text
Social Studies
U.S. History
World History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
World War II Mueseum
Date Added:
08/04/2022
Until They All Come Home: Locating and Identifying Missing Service Members
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Using resources from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and the American Battle Monuments Commission, students will learn about the recovery and identification pro- cess of missing service members’ remains. The students will demonstrate their understanding of the recovery process by researching the location of a missing service member and developing a pre-mission report for that area.

Subject:
Education
Reading Informational Text
Social Studies
Archaeology
Civics and Government
U.S. History
World History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
National History Day
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
Elementary Education
Social Studies
Civics and Government
U.S. History
Material Type:
Alternate Assessment
Author:
Department of Veteran's Affairs
Date Added:
07/31/2022
Women’s Suffrage in the United States – Teach a Girl to Lead
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The goal of this module is to provide resources and information about the history of women’s vote in the U.S. Looking at the women’s suffrage movement provides a framework for exploring the changing role of women in politics and society in the 19th and 20th centuries. The history of suffrage offers an opportunity to examine women’s roles at critical points in the nation’s history, and to think about the impact of women’s voting behavior on politics in our time.
Activities and discussion questions are designed to explore the changing role of women in society and in politics. The module includes ideas for developing lessons on women’s suffrage and integrating the issue of suffrage into lessons on US history and politics, and to consider the impact of full suffrage on politics and society today.

Subject:
Elementary Education
Social Studies
Civics and Government
Gender Studies
U.S. History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Rutgers Eagleton Instutue of Poltics Teach a Girl to Lead
Date Added:
08/02/2022