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Sorted by Categories: 1880s - Present

Title: Exploring Town and Social History through the 1940 Census Records View Details
Topic: Social History through Census Records  
Category: 1880s - Present  
Grade Level: High School  
Summary:

Students analyze census records to gain historical empathy of a period of time under study. This lesson uses the 1940 census records from Colchester, Vermont, but it can easily be adapted to the era and the community of your choice.

 
     
Title: Visual Historical Narratives View Details
Topic: The Great Migration  
Category: 1880s - Present  
Grade Level: High School  
Summary:

This lesson can be utilized by students studying any historical era.  The introductory activity focuses on the artwork of Jacob Lawrence and is set in the early twentieth century, during the Great Migration.  Students analyze Lawrence’s series of paintings and use it as a model to design their own stories, weaving images and text to craft an historical narrative. 

 
     
Title: What Can We Learn from Clothing? View Details
Topic: Material Culture - Fashion Circa 1900  
Category: 1880s - Present  
Grade Level: High School  
Summary:

Students analyze historic photographs to explore what clothing can reveal about a person’s life. Using the SCIM-C method of analysis, students summarize, contextualize, infer, monitor, and collaborate for a thoughtful look at an era through the lens of material culture.

 
     
Title: Women's Suffrage Political Cartoons View Details
Topic: Women's Suffrage - United States  
Category: 1880s - Present  
Grade Level: Middle School  
Summary:

In this lesson, students will analyze a variety of political cartoons connected to women’s suffrage in the United States before creating their own original design for a cartoon.  Students analyze primary sources in order to identify the message and intended audience.  This lesson is designed for middle school students, but can easily be adapted for use with a wider range of students. 

 
     
Title: Wounded Knee 1973 View Details
Topic: Civil Rights - Wounded Knee 1973  
Category: 1880s - Present  
Grade Level: High School  
Summary:

Students take a close look at the Wounded Knee occupation of 1973 in order to understand that Native Americans were fighting for right supposedly guaranteed to them by the U.S. Constitution and other historic documents, analyzing events from the perspective of both Euro-Americans and American Indians.