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In this engaging and focused Christopher Columbus activity, students take on the role of investigators as they learn about the two sides of Christopher Columbus (similar to a Columbus Hero or Villian activity). ☆ ☆ Get this engaging resource (and a huge discount) when you purchase my Renaissance activities unit located here bundle!Students examine a variety of primary and secondary sources on Christopher Columbus' exploration, how he was viewed by his sailors, the positives and negatives of the
In this highly-engaging Salem Witch Craft Trials and 13 Colonies CSI investigation, students investigate four major theories to explain how and why the Salem Witchcraft Trials took place. Each of the four theories is very engaging, student-centered, and is accompanied by analytical questions to get students thinking with the "detective" mindset. To conclude, students submit a briefing report to the US State Department outlining the reasons behind this horrific event in early US history! This
In this engaging Alexander the Great DBQ Investigation, students analyze the life and times of Alexander the Great to understand the two sides to his historic legacy. Students begin by examining song lyrics of a popular song to understand Alexander the Great's role in history, then engage in a five-document activity, including a map analysis and primary sources, to learn both sides of his legacy. Students record thoughts and answers on an analysis document, complete a graphic organizer assignme
Martin Luther Tweets His 95 Theses! The Protestant Reformation & Modern Day!This highly-engaging Martin Luther activity presents a fun way to interact with primary sources at the start of the Reformation! Students analyze 6 of Martin Luther's 95 theses that were nailed to the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany in 1517!☆ ☆ Get this engaging resource (and a huge discount) when you purchase my Renaissance activities unit located here bundle!Students analyze 6 of Martin Luther's 95 Theses, t
*BEST SELLER BUNDLE*This is a set of six Ancient History DBQs that are also offered separately for $4.00 each. Buy the set and save versus purchasing them individually. These DBQs address the Common Core State Standards. They have a page outlining the English Language Arts/History/Social Studies grades 6-8, 9-10, and 11-12 CCSS that they address. The Document Based Questions (DBQs) were created for 6th Grade World History. It could also be used in 9th grade Global Studies/World History. This
Boston Massacre, American Revolution, and Primary and Secondary Source Analysis! Uncover Bias!This Boston Massacre lesson is included in the larger Causes of the American Revolution Unit, located here:Causes of the American Revolution Unit!Buy the bundle and save over 25%!------------In this very engaging Boston Massacre lesson, students will examine a variety of primary source documents to recognize bias in the Boston Massacre and answer the question "What really happened the night of March 5,
American RevolutionDocument-Based Questions (DBQs) are a great way to expose students to primary sources as well as to make them think about an event in history and respond to it. This unit can be used in a few ways. You can project the full-page images on my board so that we can discuss them, and then the students answer the DBQ in their notebooks. I have also included the DBQs in printable format so that your students can answer on paper and digital Google Forms that you can send electronicall
Understanding the causes of the Civil War can be a complex task for elementary-age students. This series of worksheets hooks students with primary sources and critical thinking prompts to provide an engaging introduction to the Civil War.This is not an in-depth primary source analysis activity, but an overview of causes of the Civil War that incorporates primary sources. Students will read background information about causes of the Civil War and analyze related primary sources by answering criti
To better understand the basic information within the U.S. Constitution, students will browse through this primary source document and find the main ideas regarding the 7 Articles and 27 Amendments. Included are 17 questions about the articles and 27 questions about the amendments. All questions (except for one) will be answered with a number. This is a great way to introduce, study, or review the United States Constitution for your civics unit or for a Constitution Day activity. You may even
In this Fall of Rome DBQ student resource Investigation, students explore 7 short documents (5 text, 1 chart, 1 map), to ultimately answer the question: "Why exactly did the Roman Empire fall?" Students analyze 7 documents and complete a bubble-map organizer before completing a "snowball effect" organizer to link the reasons for Rome's decline!☆ ☆ Get this engaging resource (and a huge discount) when you purchase my Ancient Rome activities unit or my Middle Ages activities unit!Students will b
Japanese Internment Camps Primary Source Reading & WorksheetThis is a marvelous first-person account of what it was like for a 19-year-old girl from California to be placed into an internment camp during World War II. Told in a passionate, engaging style by civil rights activist Yuri Kochiyama, it tells the effects of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066 on her and her family. The worksheet is slightly edited to a one page reading for students with an introduction to set th
Do your students know who Jim Crow was? My students are always shocked to learn about this interesting topic. This reading comprehension and DBQ product will give your students a basic understanding of what the Jim Crow laws were and how they impacted African Americans. The article is 1100-1200 Lexile range and has clearly marked subtitles for each section. This helps students refer back to the article when answering the questions. There are 33 total questions including true/false, multiple
American Revolution Primary Sources! Stamp Act & More in the American Revolution!The Primary Sources in the Revolutionary War lesson is included in the larger Causes of the American Revolution Unit, located here:Causes of the American Revolution Unit!Buy the bundle and save over 25%!------------In this Revolutionary War lesson, students will closely analyze EIGHT different primary sources led to the American Revolutionary War. Each primary source is an excerpt from an early event that caus
Before we get to the actual war itself it is most important for students to understand how we got there. The four underlying causes of the war which we will be covering are Militarism, Alliances, Imperialism and Nationalism: which we will refer to as the M.A.I.N. causes of World War I. In this assignment one student will become an expert in one of the four M.A.I.N. causes, and instruct three other people in a group. By the end of it every student should have a comprehensive understanding of th
This is a unit has been completely updated for formatting and content. It is a complete novel study using the book Bud, Not Buddy. The entire unit focuses on the Common Core Standards shift to getting students to use evidence from the text to defend their responses. It includes:• Calendar Overview• Chapter Questions• Graphic Organizers • Mini-lessons • & MorePlease feel free to ask questions before purchasing! Enjoy! Bud Not Buddy Unit Plan by Raising Rigor is licensed under a Creative Com
6 page September 11 (9/11) package includes a two page engaging and informative reading (visual and text) related to the terrorist attacks. This is a great activity for having students analyzing a reading and for analyzing the September 11 (9/11) Attacks and the aftermath. The reading and questions cover the major events of the attacks including the events of the four hijacked, planes, the collapse of the World Trade Center towers and the outcomes of the attacks. (Death of Osama Bin Laden and t
This packet includes everything you need to teach a great theme lesson using the book The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles. This is a powerful story with many meaningful themes throughout. If you have a different book about Ruby Bridges, the activities would work well with that book as well. This lesson was used in grades 2-5 using the differentiated writing activities. I have found that students of all ages can relate to this book and feel its powerful themes. You will get: ~A Step
Students read 3 accounts of the events at Pearl Harbor from the point of view of an American soldier, a Japanese bomber, and the White House, answer 23 questions, and compare and contrast the accounts. Two questions have students connect the material to today. They also complete an image analysis section and create two propaganda posters from different points of view. The answers are included where appropriate and this would be great for a sub!Sample questions include: --What is the Arizona a
DBQ Writing Workshop!PRINT AND DIGITAL VERSIONS INCLUDED!This is a step by step explanation of how to write a DBQ! It is designed to walk the students through every step and allow multiple opportunities for guided practice. The teacher copy includes answers, tips, and highlighting to show the skills. There are 30 pages in the document, not including the teacher copy!1. What is a DBQ?, Primary/Secondary Sources2. Why do we write DBQs?, Parts of a DBQ3. Steps to Complete a DBQ4. Historical Cont
This thorough packet includes 6 documents from the American homefront during WW2 along with background readings on each. Students analyze key information from short paragraphs, posters, and more to answer questions for each. This is a fantastic overview of how life changed for Americans during the war. Included topics are the changing role of women, industrial production, rationing, victory gardens, changing roles for marginalized groups, and internment camps. Each page includes great visuals,
Analyzing Primary and Secondary Sources with interactive notebook includedAnalyzing Primary and Secondary SourcesAn Introduction to Primary & Secondary Sources: Political Cartoons, Scaffolding Questions, Constructed-Response Questions, and more!This series of activities and examples introduces primary and secondary sources to your students!Included in this resource:Analyzing Primary & Secondary Sources Cover pageAnalyzing Primary & Secondary Sources Cover page for studentsWhat is a d
In this engaging Monroe Doctrine actiivty, students work independently to analyze six cartoons relating to the Monroe Doctrine before making a final claim on their understanding, then evaluating their own work. For each picture, students describe what they see happening, then make a prediction about how it might relate to the Monroe Doctrine. This lesson is intended to guide student intrigue and enable students to make predictions about what the Monroe Doctrine was and its effects. This is gre
Louisiana Purchase Investigation: Primary Sources to Navigate Jefferson's Deal!This lesson is part of the "Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe" Unit Plan, located here:Jefferson, Madison, Monroe Unit Plan! 12 fun lessons for Jeffersonian America!Buy the bundle and save over 20%!---------------------In this highly engaging lesson, students use a collection of 11 primary source documents to understand the intricacies of the Louisiana Territory and the Louisiana Purchase. This activity is set as a "mod
Are you looking for a great way to introduce the Socratic method to your class? Do you want to get your students thinking at a higher level in a fun, engaging, and meaningful way? Are you looking to bring close reading into your classroom? Do you need a way to get your kids to go back and cite the text? Seuss Seminars are the perfect way to do all of this! Seuss seminars are also a great way to intertwine history and civics into your LAL curriculum (or vice versa). This bundle includes five Dr

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