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Sorted by Grade Level: Middle School

Title: An Account of the British Expedition on Lake Champlain View Details
Topic: American Revolution - Battle of Valcour Island  
Category: 1760s - 1820s  
Grade Level: Middle School  
Summary:

This lesson is designed to engage learners in an alternate (British) perspective of the Battle of Valcour Island.  Students should understand the American perspective of the battle, an account in which Benedict Arnold’s tactics are presented as masterful and heroic.  Students then will write an account of the battle from the perspective of their choice using the RAFT format.  Each student will select a Role, Audience, and Format to tell the story of the assigned Topic (Battle of Valcour Island). 

 

 
     
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: Fort Montgomery - Not Forgotten View Details
Topic: American Revolution - Fort Montgomery  
Category: 1760s - 1820s  
Grade Level: Middle School  
Summary:

This web-quest will introduce students to Fort Montgomery, an historic place recently preserved, more than two centuries after it was "lost" in the American Revolution. Students will get to know a few of the characters that converged here in October of 1777, through primary and secondary sources, before writing parallel diaries of these pivotal days from multiple perspectives.

 
     
Title: Franklin Faces Parliament View Details
Topic: American Revolution- Ben Franklin Speaks to Parliament 1766  
Category: 1760s - 1820s  
Grade Level: Middle School  
Summary:

This lesson is designed for students with a clear understanding of the tension brewing in Colonial America prior to the Revolutionary War.  Students analyze the Stamp Act and Benjamin Franklin’s appeal to Parliament to better understand a variety of perspectives.

 
     
Title: Historical Avatars View Details
Topic: Pre-American Revolution  
Category: 1760s - 1820s  
Grade Level: Middle School  
Summary:

In this lesson, students create “avatars” for the pre-American Revolution era.  After learning about the time period and analyzing primary source documents from individuals with varying points of view, students create avatars to reflect various perspectives of groups and individuals living at that time. Students share their creations in an online classroom and exchange feedback.

 
     
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: Letters from John and Abigail Adams View Details
Topic: American Revolution  
Category: 1760s - 1820s  
Grade Level: Middle School  
Summary:

Students learn about the Revolutionary War Era through reading letters as primary sources, including letters exchanged by John and Abigail Adams.  Students analyze Revolutionary War Era letters, engage in discussion from varied perspectives, and draft an original letter from the voice of John Adams. 

 
     
Title: Liberty to Enslaved People (Revolutionary War) View Details
Topic: American Revolution - Enslaved People  
Category: 1760s - 1820s  
Grade Level: Middle School  
Summary:

Students will read the novel Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson and an excerpt from A People’s History of the American Revolution in order to identify the choices available to enslaved people during the Revolutionary Era.  Students will then participate in a fishbowl discussion to further explore these options before writing a persuasive piece advocating for the best choice. 

 
     
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: Making a Change: The Declaration of Independence View Details
Topic: American Revolution - Declaration of Independence  
Category: 1760s - 1820s  
Grade Level: Middle School  
Summary:

This lesson is designed to give students an opportunity to understand the structure and purpose of the Declaration of Independence, its importance to our country’s history, and its relevance today.

 
     
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: Propaganda during the American Revolution Era View Details
Topic: Propaganda used during the American Revolution  
Category: 1760s - 1820s  
Grade Level: Middle School  
Summary:

This lesson is designed for students with a good understanding of the acts and events leading up to the American Revolution.  Students discuss and analyze propaganda from the time period.

 
     
Title: Revolutionary Road: How Geography Affected the Military View Details
Topic: American Revolution - Battle of Hubbardton  
Category: 1760s - 1820s  
Grade Level: Middle School  
Summary:

Students will explore maps, images, and accounts from the Battle of Hubbardton and Vermont Military Road to better understand the affect geography has on the battle and its outcomes and the role the military road plays in the Revolutionary War.  Students will present their understanding in a creative display to share with an authentic audience.

 
     
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 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: 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.