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Sorted by Categories: Traditions and Histories That Transcend Eras

Title: A Child's Guide to Human Rights: Lessons from the American Indians View Details
Topic: Understanding the topic of human rights in the context of American Indian history and culture  
Category: Traditions and Histories That Transcend Eras  
Grade Level: Elementary  
Summary:

This unit is a culminating learning opportunity of a year-long study, a unit in which students explore the topic of human rights in the context of American Indian history and culture. Seven individual lessons combine to provide a rich learning experience for elementary students, connecting back to the United Nations Declaration for the Rights of the Indigenous People to increase student understanding and sensitivity.

 
     
Title: Circle on Circle, Coil on Coil: Lessons on Cultural Traditions in the Time of Slavery View Details
Topic: Sweetgrass Basket Cultural Traditions in the Time of Slavery in the Sea Islands of the Carolina Coast  
Category: Traditions and Histories That Transcend Eras  
Grade Level: Elementary  
Summary:

These two connected lessons are designed to be taught as part of a larger curricular unit exploring how cultural traditions are passed down in families and communities, and how traditions change over time. Students read Circle Unbroken and explore the basket weaving tradition brought from West Africa by African people enslaved in the Carolina low country.

 
     
Title: Comparison of the Aztec to the Rehearsal for Reconstruction in South Carolina View Details
Topic: Slavery (United States and Aztec Society)  
Category: Traditions and Histories That Transcend Eras  
Grade Level: Middle School  
Summary:

This unit is designed for students with a foundational understanding of slavery as it existed in both the United States and Aztec societies. It can easily be adapted to compare any two civilizations that practiced enslavement. Students compare what it would be like to be enslaved in Aztec society and in the United States. 

 
     
Title: Cultural Migration - Gullah-Geechee View Details
Topic: Migration and Cultural Continuity - Gullah-Geechee in the Sea Islands  
Category: Traditions and Histories That Transcend Eras  
Grade Level: High School  
Summary:

This lesson is designed to introduce students to the concept of cultural continuity in migration. Specifically, students explore the history and cultural of the Gullah-Geechee people on the sea islands of South Carolina, making connections to cultures of West Africa. Through the lens of the essential questions, What are the geographical, historical, and cultural connections between the west coast of Africa and the Sea Islands of South Carolina?  How can various aspects of Gullah-Geechee culture illustrate these connections?,  students analyze a variety of primary and secondary sources before designing a project that demonstrates an aspect of cultural migration.

 
     
Title: Developing New Learning Regarding Native Culture View Details
Topic: American Indian Education  
Category: Traditions and Histories That Transcend Eras  
Grade Level: Elementary  
Summary:

In this lesson, elementary students explore a range of primary and secondary sources to gain an understanding of American Indian boarding schools, through the lens of the essential questions: Why is it important for Native People of today to know their culture and history? Why is it important that non-Indians learn about the cultures and history of American Indians? What do we know about the past and how is this affecting people today?

 
     
Title: Historical Forensics View Details
Topic: 19th Century New England  
Category: Traditions and Histories That Transcend Eras  
Grade Level: Middle School  
Summary:

This innovative curriculum allows students and educators to personally engage in the study of local and national history and begin to answer historical questions. Students study primary sources from 19th Century New Englanders, piecing together clues about homesteading and community, civil rights, education, innovations, and the changing landscape to understand what shaped the lives of these forgotten heroes.

 
     
Title: Mankato Memorial Hanging Site (Reconciliation Park) View Details
Topic: Dakota Wars - Mankato Hanging  
Category: Traditions and Histories That Transcend Eras  
Grade Level: High School  
Summary:

Students analyze primary and secondary sources connected to the U.S. – Dakota War of 1862, examining both the issues surrounding its cause and its aftermath, which continues to reverberate today. This lesson would fit into broader units on Social Justice, the American Civil War, Westward Expansion, or the American Indian Movement.

 
     
Title: The Flow of History through a People View Details
Topic: Cultural Sensitivity and Awareness  
Category: Traditions and Histories That Transcend Eras  
Grade Level: Middle School  
Summary:

The goal of The Flow of History Through a People project is to develop one’s individual awareness, tolerance, empathy and historical perspective for a group of people characterized by race, ethnicity, culture, religion, gender, disability or nationality. Students share their independent research, designing an artistic poster to be shared with a presentation.

 
     
Title: The Photo Story Experience View Details
Topic: Storytelling with images and voice  
Category: Traditions and Histories That Transcend Eras  
Grade Level: High School  
Summary:

 This lesson introduces students to digital storytelling using Photo Story 3, a free software program for PCs. Photo Story 3 can be downloaded online and is easy to use, offering students a way to combine still images, captions, soundtrack, and voiceover to tell historical stories in their own voices. Students may work individually or in pairs to complete a brief Photo Story, using their own images or historic images available online.

 
     
Title: The Role of Women in the American Indian Movement View Details
Topic: American Indian Women - American Indian Movement  
Category: Traditions and Histories That Transcend Eras  
Grade Level: High School  
Summary:

This unit focuses on the pivotal role Ojibwe and Dakota women have played historically and within the American Indian Movement.  Students read and analyze a variety of primary and secondary sources, documenting their findings in journals. The collected evidence is used to support a thesis in a culminating essay.

 
     
Title: This Old School: Middlesex, Vermont Schoolhouses Then and Now View Details
Topic: Vermont Social History: One-Room Schoolhouses in Vermont  
Category: Traditions and Histories That Transcend Eras  
Grade Level: Elementary  
Summary:

This lesson is designed for elementary students studying Vermont history, but can be adapted to study schoolhouses in other geographic regions. Students visit local, historic structures – former schoolhouses. They then compare and contrast historic and contemporary photographs, and gather evidence to decide if the images represent the same structure. Students share their conclusions in journals and/or web logs.