This resource supports English language development for English language learners. This lesson plan guides students through a process of evaluating John Lockeâ€™s theory of â€œliving in a natural sateâ€. Students discuss and learn about three basic freedoms: life, liberty, and property through a mix of brainstorming, framed discussion, and writing techniques designed especially for English Language Learners. The lesson includes links to PDF handouts.
This resource supports English language development for English language learners. This lesson plan guides English Language Learners through the process of analyzing primary sources. This lesson includes Civil War Photographs from the National Archives, however the activity can be used with any topic of study. The lesson includes links to PDF handouts.
In this activity, elementary students act as history detectives as they explore the historical question and analyze carefully chosen clues to formulate and test hypotheses. The teachers will gather primary and secondary sources that will serve as clues for students such as letters, diary entries, maps, statistical tables, images, and artifacts for students to touch.
In this activity, students collectively construct an illustrated timeline of historic events and people they have studied.
Analyzing textbooks from a historiographical stance allows students to see that history is more about interpretation, perspective, and bias than about rote memorization. By looking at how textbooks from different eras describe a certain event, such as the Mexican-American War, students learn about the choices that textbook authors make. For example, do the textbooks depict the U.S. as the aggressor, as an unwilling participant forced into a conflict by enemy antagonism, or something in between?
In this bulletin board activity, students work collaboratively to explore sections of old maps. By closely examining these unique historical documents, students learn to see maps as more than just tools for locating places.