• Native American Cultures Across the U.S.

    Created October 5, 2010
    Native American Cultures Across the U.S.: Sioux woman

    This lesson discusses the differences between common representations of Native Americans within the U.S. and a more differentiated view of historical and contemporary cultures of five American Indian tribes living in different geographical areas. Students will learn about customs and traditions such as housing, agriculture, and ceremonial dress for the Tlingit, Dinè, Lakota, Muscogee, and Iroquois peoples.

  • On This Day With Lewis and Clark

    Created September 28, 2010
    On This Day With Lewis and Clark: Lewis

    Looking at historic maps of the West, students can begin to appreciate the immensity and mystery of the mission Lewis and Clark accepted.

  • History in Quilts

    History in Quilts: Lone Star Quilt

    The lessons in this unit are designed to help your students recognize how people of different cultures and time periods have used cloth-based art forms (quilts) to pass down their traditions and history.

  • 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.

  • Families in Bondage

    Created September 26, 2010
    Families in Bondage: Slave Family Portrait

    Learn how slavery shattered family life through the pre-Civil War letters of those whose loved ones were taken away or left behind.

  • Cultural Change

    Created September 25, 2010
    Cultural Change: Stanton and Anthony

    See how the rhetoric of women’s rights evolved from the “Declaration of Sentiments” of 1848 to the suffragist arguments that finally prevailed.

  • Davy Crockett, Tall Tales, and History

    Created September 25, 2010
    Davy Crockett: Portrait

    Using the life of Davy Crockett as a model, students learn the characteristics of tall tales and how these stories reflect their historical moment. The lesson culminates with students writing a tall tale of their own.

  • 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.

  • I Hear the Locomotives: The Impact of the Transcontinental Railroad

    Created September 24, 2010
    I Hear the Locomotives: train

    Students analyze archival material such as photos, documents, and posters, to understand the phenomenon of the Transcontinental Railroad.