• 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.