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“Dude, Our Rules Came from These Old Documents?!”
As students rotate through learning stations, they analyze the Magna Carta, Mayflower Compact, and the English Bill of Rights. Students interpret the historical documents and draw conclusions as to how these docuemnts have influenced the U.S. system of government.
A Tale of Two Constitutions
This lesson is a comparison between the Bill of Rights from the United States and the Bill of Rights from Texas. By the end of the lesson, students will have an opportunity to discover how the understanding of the two constitutions can give them a brighter future, being more confident in their rights as citizens. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with their peers and generate conversations guiding them to deepen their thinking about both constitutions.
This lesson was designed by Elicia Josselet and Nancy Reed at William J. Winkley Elementary in Leander Independent School District of ESC Region 13. The Lesson Observation (video) was taught by Elicia Josselet to 18 students in the 2020 spring semester.
Voices from the Trail of Tears
In this lesson, students will learn about the implementation of the Indian Removal Act and the Trail of Tears. Students will engage with primary and secondary sources to build a comprehensive understanding of the events.
Effects of Colonization
Students analyze an interactive map and discuss whether those that colonized Latin America made a positive or a negative impact.
Steps for Success
Students demonstrate problem-solving skills by using Steps for Success hand signals and conflict cards and demonstrate skills during independent centers.
Executive Order 9066
This lesson is an examination of Executive Order 9066. By using several forms of media, students will grasp a full understanding of the causes and impacts of Executive Order 9066. Students will compare to past and current events to demonstrate a global understanding of historical events current events our nation encounters.
Exploring Europe through Maps
Students will work collaboratively in a variety of stations using maps of Europe and North America to practice their map skills. They will apply their knowledge about data to create graphs.
Data Banks to Bar Graphs
Students will create a bar graph representing data about China, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, India, and the United States using information from a data bank. The data bank includes information on population, population density, gross domestic product, literacy rates, annual salary, infant mortality, and land area. Then, students will examine a light pollution map to make connections between the data presented and the bar graphs.
What? Can You Really Say That?
Students will examine several items related to the First Amendment and respond to the teacher-created questions. Student groups will present their conclusions to the class.
Students will be able to apply their knowledge of the principles of the U.S. Constitution in relation to the events and issues of Andrew Jackson’s Presidency, explain if the principles were demonstrated or violated, and justify their reasoning.
PES of the West!
: Students will analyze primary sources, images, and speeches to form opinions about causal relationships and compare and contrast those opinions with historical documents.
The Civil Rights Movement and Voting Rights
Given the voting rights amendments, students will create an annotated time line that illustrates how voting rights have been extended to various groups of people throughout the history of the United States.
Separate But Equal: A Study of Segregation
Given Supreme Court case summaries, students will compare and contrast the impact of the Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education decisions.
Vote for me, the Populist!
Students will use major events during the late 19th century to decide what a presidential candidate’s platform should be in order to improve the country at that time.
Origins of the Progressive Era
Given broad categories that describe the major goals of the progressive movement and general information about selected issues of the late 1800’s/early 1900’s, students will categorize the issues according to corresponding progressive era goals.
The Problem of Child Labor in the Progressive Era
After analyzing primary and secondary resources about the child labor, the students should be able to draw conclusions about the need to reform child labor practices.
Upton Sinclair: A Progressive Era Muckraker
Students will describe how Upton Sinclair's The Jungle reflected issues of the Progressive Era.
Roosevelt’s Square Deal
Given information about Roosevelt’s Square Deal, students will create cause-and-effect diagrams to explain the reasons for and impact of selected reforms sponsored by the Roosevelt administration.
The Gilded Age
Given background information, students will be able to identify economic, social, and political issues surrounding the Gilded Age. Students will identify significant historical figures associated with the Gilded Age.