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Sorted by Categories: 1830s - 1870s

Title: African American Soldiers - Civil War View Details
Topic: Civil War - African American Soldiers  
Category: 1830s - 1870s  
Grade Level: High School  
Summary:

Students analyze primary sources to understand the contributions of African American soldiers in the Civil War. After reading letters and interpreting a map, students create written reflections from multiple perspectives.

 
     
Title: Civil War Covers: Patriotism and Propaganda View Details
Topic: The Civil War - Postal Cover Propaganda  
Category: 1830s - 1870s  
Grade Level: High School  
Summary:

This lesson is designed for students with a good understanding of the issues and events of the Civil War Era.  Students analyze envelope propaganda and make interpretations through the lens of how various groups define patriotism.  After analyzing multiple sources of political propaganda (postal covers), students share ideas and prepare to write a reflective essay that answers the essential question.

 
     
Title: Cobbling an Understanding of Civil War Shoes: The Paradox of Shaping and Reflecting Identity View Details
Topic: The American Civil War 1861 - 1865: A study of material culture and social history as told through a study of shoes.  
Category: 1830s - 1870s  
Grade Level: High School  
Summary:

This unit uses shoes as a catalyst for understanding the varied perspectives and experiences of the Civil War. Students analyze Civil War Era shoes, using historical methodology, and share historical interpretations as to how these shoes both shape and reflect individual and group identity.

 
     
Title: Fort Laramie Treaty 1868 View Details
Topic: Civil Rights - Lakota Nation  
Category: 1830s - 1870s  
Grade Level: High School  
Summary:

Students analyze primary and secondary sources to gain an understanding of the impact of the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 on the Lakota people, making connections to current living conditions on Pine Ridge Reservation.

 
     
Title: Free at Last??? View Details
Topic: Reconstruction Era - What Does Freedom Mean to People Freed from Slavery?  
Category: 1830s - 1870s  
Grade Level: High School  
Summary:

Students often have little understanding of the Reconstruction Era, what happens after emancipation and what the values of freedom, justice and equality meant to people formerly enslaved. This one-day lesson explores the idea of freedom and its suppression during the Reconstruction Period in the United States from the perspective of the people freed from slavery.

 
     
Title: Freedom to Sing View Details
Topic: Work Songs During the Time of Slavery  
Category: 1830s - 1870s  
Grade Level: Elementary  
Summary:

Designed for elementary students with prior knowledge regarding slavery and the Underground Railroad, students analyze primary sources, including plantation songs, to recognize the hidden messages and gain a deeper understanding of how music served to unify enslaved people.

 
     
Title: Little Crow View Details
Topic: Dakota Wars - Little Crow  
Category: 1830s - 1870s  
Grade Level: Middle School  
Summary:

In this Teaching with Historic Places lesson, students analyze primary sources connected to the life of Little Crow and his role in the Dakota Wars of 1862 through the lens of essential questions, Who was Little Crow?  And Why are individuals often labeled “hero” or “villain” in history?  

 
     
Title: Loss: Life or Limb View Details
Topic: Civil War - Impact of Technology (Minie ball)  
Category: 1830s - 1870s  
Grade Level: Middle School  
Summary:

This lesson is designed to give students a chance to explore the impact of technological advances during the Civil War.  The destructive Minié ball takes the lives of many soldiers; those who survive a shot often sacrifice a limb.  With the large number of amputees, the prosthetics industry emerges.  Students take a close look at how ordinary lives are transformed by the war.

 
     
Title: Message in a Bottle: The Battle of Vicksburg View Details
Topic: Civil War - Coded Messages  
Category: 1830s - 1870s  
Grade Level: Elementary  
Summary:

In this lesson, designed to be embedded within a comprehensive Civil War unit, students analyze a coded message and write a reflection from the perspective of an historical character.  Students utilize the SOAP (Source-Occasion-Audience-Purpose) graphic organizer for analysis and the RAFT (Role-Audience-Format-Topic) writing strategy.

 
     
Title: Political Cartoons: What Can They Tell Us? View Details
Topic: Civil War and Reconstruction Era Political Cartoons  
Category: 1830s - 1870s  
Grade Level: Middle School  
Summary:

As part of any examination of the Civil War/Reconstruction period students should examine the attitudes, values, and beliefs of different groups of people involved in this conflict. In this lesson we use political cartoons from this time period as windows into the minds of those living through these events. The students then create their own political cartoons illustrating what they feel are the attitudes, values, and beliefs of a particular group from this era.

 
     
Title: Praise Houses View Details
Topic: Praise Houses in Saint Helena Island, South Carolina  
Category: 1830s - 1870s  
Grade Level: Elementary  
Summary:

In this lesson, students explore the spiritual role of praise houses in the Gullah community, historically and present day. Students analyze images of praise houses and make connections between their origins on Southern plantations and modern meeting places in our own communities.

 
     
Title: Reconstruction as seen through the Martha Johnson letters View Details
Topic: Reconstruction  
Category: 1830s - 1870s  
Grade Level: High School  
Summary:

This lesson explores the beginnings of Reconstruction through the letters from Martha Johnson to her family in Peacham, Vermont. As part of the National Freedman's Relief Association, Martha Johnson taught at schools for freed slaves near Beaufort, South Carolina. The eleven letters begin with Martha's arrival in Beaufort in March 1863 and end with her death in December 1871.

 
     
Title: Reconstruction Era Research Project View Details
Topic: Reconstruction Era  
Category: 1830s - 1870s  
Grade Level: High School  
Summary:

Students explore Reconstruction era historical characters in a three-part lesson. Students use the SCIM-C strategy to analyze a primary resource, conduct an independent research project, and write an ‘I Am From’ poem. 

 
     
Title: The American Ideal: Abraham Lincoln and the Second Inaugural View Details
Topic: Civil War Era - Lincoln's Second Inaugural  
Category: 1830s - 1870s  
Grade Level: High School  
Summary:

Students analyze primary source documents from the Civil War Era to establish foundation for interpreting Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address through the role of a member in the audience.  Students will share their character’s interpretations in a group discussion, responding alternately from the assigned role and from the student’s own interpretation. 

 
     
Title: The Role of Samplers in a Girl's Education and their Impact on the Abolition Movement View Details
Topic: Abolition: The Role of Samplers and Girls' Education  
Category: 1830s - 1870s  
Grade Level: Middle School  
Summary:

Students use historical methodology to analyze samplers from the Civil War era and make interpretations concerning the role of sewing in a girl’s education and its impact on the abolition movement. 

 
     
Title: Trial of Mary Surratt - 1865 View Details
Topic: Lincoln assassination - Trial of Mary Surratt  
Category: 1830s - 1870s  
Grade Level: High School  
Summary:

This lesson integrates technology and student collaboration to explore the historic trial of Mary Surratt, a widow executed as a conspirator in the assassination of President Lincoln.  Students analyze primary sources, read texts from varied perspectives, and reflect upon the issue of access to justice.