• Where I Come From

    Created October 7, 2010
    Where I Come From: Statue of Liberty

    Students take research into their heritage a step beyond the construction of a family tree, traveling through cyberspace to find our what's happening in their ancestral homelands today.

  • The Statue of Liberty: Bringing the 'New Colossus' to America

    Created October 6, 2010
    The Statue of Liberty: Statue

    While the French had kept their end of the bargain by completing the statue itself, the Americans had still not fulfilled their commitment to erect a pedestal. In this lesson, students learn about the effort to convince a skeptical American public to contribute to the effort to erect a pedestal and to bring the Statue of Liberty to New York.

  • What is History? Timelines and Oral Histories

    Created October 5, 2010
    What is History? Timelines and Oral Histories

    This lesson plan addresses the ways people learn about events from the past and discusses how historical accounts are influenced by the perspective of the person giving the account. To understand that history is made up of many people’s stories of the past, students interview family members about the same event and compare the ifferent versions, construct a personal history timeline and connect it to larger historical events, and synthesize eyewitness testimony from different sources to create their own "official" account.

  • Life on the Great Plains

    Created September 28, 2010
    Life on the Great Plains: Plains indians on horseback

    Examine the history and geography of a region that has been at the heart of the American experience.

  • Jamestown Changes

    Created September 28, 2010
    Jamestown Changes: Jamestown Letter

    Students study census data showing the names and occupations of early settlers of the English settlement at Jamestown, Virginia. (Archaeology, U.S. Colonial History)

  • The Statue of Liberty: The Meaning and Use of a National Symbol

    Created September 27, 2010
    The Statue of Liberty

    Help clarify the nature of symbols for your students as they study the Statue of Liberty, complete research on a national symbol, and use their research to communicate a message of their own.

  • Go West: Imagining the Oregon Trail

    Created September 26, 2010
    Go West: Oregon Trail, Covered Wagons

    Students compare imagined travel experiences of their own with the actual experiences of 19th-century pioneers.

  • Sodbusters!

    Created September 24, 2010

    Students examine photographs of sod houses, build a model sod house, and picture themselves living in a soddie to gain a firsthand perspective on this important period of American history.

  • On the Oregon Trail

    Created September 24, 2010
    On the Oregon Trail: oregon02

    Work with primary documents and latter-day photographs to recapture the experience of traveling on the Oregon Trail.

  • Depression-Era Photographs: Worth a Thousand Words

    Created September 23, 2010
    Depression-Era Photographs: Woman at sowing machine

    Spend a day with a model American family and the photographer who molded our view of their lives.