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The Abolitionist Movement: A Fight for Freedom
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The Abolitionist Movement: A Fight for Freedom

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In this lesson, students will: 1. Review and understand multiple perspectives of slavery (the slaves' point of view, the abolitionist point of view and the view of the slave holder). 2. Learn three abolitionist leaders and their contribution to the movement against slavery. 3. Read and interpret primary documents having to do with the abolitionist movement. 4. Demonstrate understanding of primary documents through written assessment.

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Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
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Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media
Date Added:
05/01/2017
Alexander Hamilton and the Roots of Federalism
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Alexander Hamilton and the Roots of Federalism

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In this lesson, students will learn to identify key beliefs of Alexander Hamilton, which will form the roots of the Federalist party, make predictions about other Federalist beliefs based on the economic beliefs, and identify and assess the meaning of symbols in political cartoons, in the context of the developing split between Federalists and Democratic-Republicans.

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Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media
Date Added:
05/01/2017
American Indians and their Environment
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American Indians and their Environment

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Students will analyze primary source images of Native Americans interacting with the environment. The images show different aspects of how Native Americans dressed, hunted, and lived.

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Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media
Date Added:
02/09/2018
Analyzing the Culture of Jacksonian America
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Analyzing the Culture of Jacksonian America

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In this lesson, students will analyze lyrics of music from the Jacksonian era to be able to describe one aspect of the culture. Students will create their own lyrics to describe why social reform was needed.

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Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media
Date Added:
05/11/2017
The Battle of Trenton
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The Battle of Trenton

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In this lesson, students will examine documents, narratives and maps to gain understanding of the significance of the battle of Trenton. By the end of this lesson, students will be able to write a BCR (single paragraph essay) explaining why the battle of Trenton was a turning point in the American Revolution, citing evidence from an eyewitness account of the battle and Thomas Paine's American Crisis.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media
Date Added:
05/10/2017
The Cause of the Civil War?
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The Cause of the Civil War?

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In this lesson, students will see that the Civil War did not have clearly defined moral and political lines and that, like every war, there were multiple sides to the story. By the end of this lesson, students will be able to analyze primary source Civil War letters in order to determine whether or not the Civil War was about slavery prior to the Emancipation Proclamation by completing a BCR (Brief Constructed Response - a single paragraph essay).

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media
Date Added:
05/11/2017
Causes of the Civil War - Lesson 1: Introduction

Causes of the Civil War - Lesson 1: Introduction

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Students will develop a definition of civil war, recall the difference between the North and South which led to the South's secession from the Union, and understand the events which led to secession and the Civil War.

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Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media
Author:
Logan McConnell
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Causes of the Civil War - Lesson 2: Nat Turner

Causes of the Civil War - Lesson 2: Nat Turner

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Students will review the causes of the Civil War, explain who Nat Turner was and why he is famous, and explain the effect Turner’s rebellion had on people living in the South. They will define primary and secondary resources as well as give examples of these resources.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media
Author:
Alexandria City Public Schools, George Mason University's Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media and Department of History and Art History, the Office of Historic Alexandria, and Northern Virginia Community College
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Causes of the Civil War - Lesson 3: John Brown's Raid at Harper's Ferry

Causes of the Civil War - Lesson 3: John Brown's Raid at Harper's Ferry

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Students explain how John Brown's raid was an event that moved the South and the North closer to war. They will also review differences between a primary source and a secondary source and give several examples of each, then analyze different newspaper accounts of the raid and give two contrasting perspectives of the raid.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media
Author:
Logan McConnell
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Causes of the Civil War - Lesson 5: Lincoln's Election

Causes of the Civil War - Lesson 5: Lincoln's Election

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Students explain the effect Abraham Lincoln's election in 1860 had on the people of the South. They will also analyze an elctoral map of the presidential election of 1860 and conclude that Lincoln won despite getting only 40% of the popular vote and no support from the deep South.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media
Author:
Logan McConnell
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Cherokee Removal
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Cherokee Removal

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In this lesson, students will analyze the United States' relations with Native Americans, including treaty relations, land acquisition, the policy of Indian Removal, and the Trail of Tears by close reading and sourcing primary source images, documents, and journals analyzing maps, and watching videos in order to evaluate if the treatment of the Cherokee supported democratic actions by writing a five paragraph essay.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media
Date Added:
05/10/2017
The Collapse of Compromise and a Nation
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The Collapse of Compromise and a Nation

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In this lesson, students will analyze primary sources to identify the perspectives of various political parties regarding the Kansas Nebraska Act and Scott v. Sandford in order to write an ECR (multi-paragraph essay) which determines the impact these events had on national political unity.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media
Date Added:
05/11/2017
Colonial American Women

Colonial American Women

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This lesson is part of a unit of study on life in Colonial America. During this unit, students explore the reasons colonial settlements were created, regional differences among the colonies, and aspects of life for diverse groups of colonial Americans. This lesson focuses on women's roles in the colonies.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media
Author:
Sarah Whelan
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Crossing of the Delaware and the Battle of Trenton - Lesson 2: The Battle of Trenton

Crossing of the Delaware and the Battle of Trenton - Lesson 2: The Battle of Trenton

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Students will analyze primary and secondary sources to compare and contrast conflicting versions of an historical event and increase their understanding of the importance of the Battle of Trenton.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media
Author:
Dr. Donald Roberts
Date Added:
02/26/2019
D-Day
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D-Day

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In this lesson, students will analyze the Allied war aims, strategies and major turning points of the war by reading the prescribed text pages and participate in class discussions and by defining terms and names into notebooks. They will describe the impact of events on the people at the home front by creating cartoons summarizing events depicted in the New York Times articles and describe the role and sacrifices of members of the American armed forces by writing a letter home from the perspective of a D-Day survivor.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media
Date Added:
05/11/2017
The Depressing Depression
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The Depressing Depression

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This unit is designed to teach about the causes and effects of the Great Depression, and provide an introduction to the use of primary sources in the study of history. This historical discovery approach will emphasize the role of the historian as detective using such skills as observation, discrimination, analysis, and synthesis to research and record history. Students will explore primary sources including photographs, poems, song lyrics, documents, maps, cartoons, as well as, secondary source texts in print and online.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media
Date Added:
06/27/2017
The Depressing Depression - Lesson 1: The Historian as Detective
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The Depressing Depression - Lesson 1: The Historian as Detective

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In this lesson, students observe, record, analyze, and interpret a primary source to learn about the effects of the Great Depression. They will also compare and contrast their own lives with those of the children in the photo.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media
Date Added:
06/27/2017
The Depressing Depression - Lesson 2: The Depressing Depression
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The Depressing Depression - Lesson 2: The Depressing Depression

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In this lesson, students will observe, analyze, and record observations of primary source photographs from 1933. They will also draw upon previously learned information from the colonial period to learn new information about the depression, bank closings, and how people used the old bartering system and compare and contrast the perspective of two different individuals.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media
Date Added:
06/27/2017
The Depressing Depression - Lesson 3: The Depressing Depression Continues
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The Depressing Depression - Lesson 3: The Depressing Depression Continues

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In this lesson, students will present and explain their projects from the previous lesson. They will then practice analyzing another primary source from the same year, but with a different action and setting.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media
Date Added:
06/27/2017