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Lesson Plans

Period 1 (1491-1607)

Period 2 (1607-1754)

Colonial “Rebel” Dating Profiles: Students research one of four colonial rebels (Roger Williams, Anne Hutchinson, Thomas Hooker, and William Penn) and then create a dating profile to attract followers to their new settlement!

Period 3 (1754-1800)

Would YOU join the American Revolution?: Slideshow that presents a series of short scenarios related to different types of people living in the colonies. Students can discuss each scenario as a class or divide up and take 1-2 to present.

Period 4 (1800-1848)

Andrew Jackson Gallery Walk: Students look at five key events of Jackson’s time in office to determine how he expanded the power of the presidency.

Period 5 (1844-1877)

Understanding Confederate Monuments (Choices Program – not my lesson!): This is an AMAZING lesson from the Choices Program out of Brown University that I use to discuss Confederate monuments and current events surrounding them (like Charlottesville). Any lesson you find from this program is well worth the time.

Jim Crow Document Activity (Block Party): Students take a literacy test, then are assigned one document related to the Jim Crow Era. After understanding their own document, they “mingle” with other students, comparing documents. In the end, students are asked to form three groups based on their documents. This is a good introduction to DBQs!

Period 6 (1865-1898)

Chinese Perspective on the Gilded Age: This is an AMAZING source from a Chinese journalist who visited the United States in 1903. He discusses NYC, poverty, trusts, J.P. Morgan, lynching, and Chinese immigrants.

Period 7 (1890-1945)

Causes of the Great Depression: This is a “mind map” notes template I have my students use as they watch the Crash Course video on the Great Depression. I typically stop the video at the end of each “section” (noted on the worksheet) to share out and discuss!

Period 8 (1945-1980)

Teaching with TV: Here is a list of episodes I have used to teach the 1950s-1980s. I used to use The Cosby Show for the 1980s but switched a few years back. I’m looking for shows that have a more diverse perspective (which is hard, since TV wasn’t super diverse in the past) so send along any recommendations you have!

Crash Course “Vietnam War” EdPuzzle (Links to additional assignments within the video: Students choose one of three protest songs to analyze; Students watch a short video on the War Powers Act and write a reflection)

Crash Course “1960s” EdPuzzle (Links to additional assignments within the video: Students choose one of two articles about the Black Panther Party to read and write a reflection; Students watch a short video about Dolores Huerta; Students read AIM’s “Alcatraz Proclamation” and write a reflection; Students watch a short video on violence at the 1968 Democratic Convention and write a reflection)

1968 Interactive Timeline Activity: Students each get one event from 1968 and post on an interactive timeline using Padlet! Students then “rank” the top 5 most significant events and write a justification for their choices.

Period 9 (1980-present)

Crash Course “Rise of Conservatism” EdPuzzle (Links to additional assignments within the video: Optional link to my mini-podcast episode about the ERA; Students read an article about the Pentagon Papers and respond to a short writing prompt)