American History Projects (US History Projects)

American History Projects (US History Projects)
American History Projects (US History Projects)
American History Projects (US History Projects)
American History Projects (US History Projects)
American History Projects (US History Projects)
American History Projects (US History Projects)
American History Projects (US History Projects)
American History Projects (US History Projects)
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The bundle contains 18 engaging projects for essential content in American History (Thirteen Colonies through Reconstruction). Students will be creating a brochure, timeline, booklet, mobile, Google Slides/PowerPoint presentation, poster, flipbook, postcard, 3D Cube, advertisement and a newspaper. The projects require at least one class period to complete and do not require the use of a textbook or teacher preparation. A rubric is included for each project.

*Both PDF and Word Doc versions are included for each project.

*The projects can be uploaded to your personal website or Google Drive; however, please make sure it is password protected.

Bundle Projects: Religious Groups in Colonial America 3D Cube, Thirteen Colonies Travel Brochure, Causes of the American Revolution Google Slides Presentation, Revolutionary War Poster, Ben Franklin Mini Book, Constitution Booklet, Three Branches of Government Mobile, Bill of Rights Brochure, War of 1812 Presentation, Erie Canal Postcard, Westward Expansion Newspaper, Reform Movements Brochure, Causes of the Civil War Timeline, North vs. South Foldable, Civil War Battles Flipbook, Reconstruction Era Timeline, Reconstruction Amendments Advertisement Poster, and a Native American Warriors Poster.

Bundle Projects:

Religious Groups in Colonial America 3D Cube:

Students will create a 3D cube about the religious groups (Puritans, Pilgrims, Quakers, Huguenots, and Catholics) that emigrated from Europe to Colonial America. I have provided students with 18 questions they will use for research. On five sides of the cube students will include important information about each group, and on the remaining side, they will draw visuals representing the religious groups. I have included kid-friendly websites for research and a cube template.

Thirteen Colonies Travel Brochure:

Students will pretend they are a travel agent working for the Thirteen English Colonies. They will create a travel brochure promoting each region (New England, Middle, and Southern). I have included kid-friendly websites for research.

Information included:

New England Colonies (Climate, Geography, Religion, Economy)

Middle Colonies (Climate, Geography, Religion, Economy)

Southern Colonies (Climate, Geography, Religion, Economy)

The Great Awakening and Benjamin Franklin (American celebrity)

Daily life in the 13 Colonies (Men, Women, and Children)

Causes of the American Revolution Presentation:

Students will create a PowerPoint or Google Slides presentation about the events leading up to the American Revolution. On each slide, students will include a title, date, image, and a summary. I have included guiding questions students will answer in their summaries, and websites they will use to find the information.

Timeline topics:

Mercantilism

The Proclamation of 1763

The Sugar Act

The Quartering Act

The Stamp Act

The Declaratory Act

The Townshend Acts

The Boston Massacre

The Boston Tea Party

The Intolerable Acts

The First Continental Congress

Patrick Henry

Battle of Lexington and Concord

Revolutionary War Poster Project:

Students will create an informative poster about a Revolutionary War hero. Students will create their poster using Google Drawings or on a poster board. I have included guiding questions and websites students will use for research. Student directions are included on how to create a poster in Google Drawings.

Revolutionary War Heroes included:

George Washington

Benjamin Franklin

Patrick Henry

John Adams

Sam Adams

John Hancock

Samuel Adams

Thomas Jefferson

Benedict Arnold

Marquis de Lafayette

Thomas Paine

Friedrich von Steuben

Constitution Booklet Project:

Students will create an 11-page book explaining why the U.S. Constitution was created and the various parts within the document. On each page, students will include a title, summary, and an organizer or visual. I have included explicit student directions and websites they will use to find the information.

Constitution Book Topics/Key Vocabulary:

Articles of Confederation

Constitutional Convention

Federalists vs. Anti-Federalists

Preamble

Federalism

Separation of Powers

Checks and Balances

Amendment Process

Bill of Rights

Three Branches of Government Mobile:

Students will create a mobile about the three branches of US government. On the mobile, they will be explaining the members, responsibilities, jobs, powers, and how each branch checks the other two branches. Students will work cooperatively in groups of 2 or 3 to complete the project. I have included explicit directions and examples of how to complete the project. Students will complete an outline graphic organizer before they create the mobile. The project does not require the use of a textbook. I have included 20 guiding research questions and kid-friendly websites they will use to find the information.

Bill of Rights Brochure:

Students will create a brochure demonstrating an understanding of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution. In the brochure, students will explain the protections/restrictions of each amendment and include a visual. I have included 24 guiding questions and kid-friendly websites they will use for research.

War of 1812 Presentation Project:

Students will use Google Slides or Microsoft PowerPoint to create an 11-slide presentation of the major events during the War of 1812. On each slide, students will include a title, date, image, and a summary. I have guiding research questions for each slide, and kid-friendly websites they will use to find the information.

Topics/Key Vocabulary:

Impressment

War Hawks (Henry Clay and John C. Calhoun)

Tecumseh

William Henry Harrison

Battle of Tippecanoe

Battle of Lake Erie

Francis Scott Key

Burning of the White House (James and Dolly Madison)

Battle of Horseshoe Bend

Treaty of Ghent

Battle of New Orleans

Erie Canal Postcard:

Students will create a postcard telling about their experience on the Erie Canal. Students will create a postcard by drawing a map (link provided to a traceable map) of the Erie Canal on the front of their postcard, and on the back of their postcard, they will write their letter. I have included the important information students need to include on their postcards, and I have provided kid-friendly websites they will use for research.

Topics/Key Vocabulary:

Location of the Erie Canal

Lake Erie/Hudson River/Atlantic Ocean connection

Cities along the canal

Reasons the canal was built

Goods transported along the canal

Effects of the canal (New York City becomes a commercial powerhouse)

Dangers traveling the canal

Invention that replaced canals

Westward Expansion Newspaper Project:

Students will create a newspaper about the significant events during Westward Expansion (Oregon Trail, Texas Revolution, Mexican-American War, and the Gold Rush). On each page, students will have a headline, summary article, and then they will choose a task (For example- Create an Advertisement, Map, Cartoon, Obituary, Comic Strip, etc.). I have included explicit directions for each page and kid-friendly websites they will use to find the information.

Newspaper Topics:

Oregon Trail

Texas Revolution

Mexican-American War

California Gold Rush

Reform Movements Brochure:

Students will create a brochure about the reform movements during the 1800s. On each panel, students will include a title, summary (guiding questions included), slogan persuading someone to join the movement, and a visual. I have included explicit directions for each page and kid-friendly websites they will use to find the information.

Brochure Topics:

Second Great Awakening:

When and where it occurred

Purpose of the movement

Effects of the movement

Temperance Movement:

Leaders of the movement (Women)

Effects of alcohol abuse on society

Effects of the movement

Education Reform:

Leader of the movement (Horace Mann)

Causes and effects of the movement

Prison/Asylum Reform:

Leader of the movement (Dorothea Dix)

Causes of the movement

Effects of the movement

Women's Rights:

Cause of the movement

Leaders of the movement (Mott and Stanton)

Seneca Falls Convention

Effects of the movement

Abolition of Slavery:

When and where the movement began

Causes of the anti-slavery movement

Methods used to achieve their goal

Leaders of the movement

Causes of the Civil War Timeline:

Students will create a PowerPoint or Google Slides presentation about the causes of the Civil War. I have included 30 guiding questions and kid-friendly websites they will use to find the information.

Topics/Key Vocabulary:

The Compromise of 1850

The Fugitive Slave Act

Uncle Tom's Cabin

Kansas-Nebraska Act,

Bleeding Kansas

Dred Scott v. Sandford

Lincoln-Douglas Debates

John Brown's Raid

Election of 1860

Civil War Battles Flipbook:

Students will create a 10-page digital flipbook explaining the important details and outcome of each major battle during the American Civil War. On each page, students will include a title, date, paragraph summary/outcome, interesting fact, and an image. I have included guiding questions (at least 4 questions for each battle) and kid-friendly websites they will use for research.

Battles:

Battle of Fort Sumter

First Battle of Bull Run

Battle of Shiloh

Battle of Antietam

Battle of Fredericksburg

Battle of Chancellorsville

Battle of Gettysburg

Siege of Vicksburg

Battle of Spotsylvania Court House

Sherman's March to the Sea

Reconstruction Era Timeline:

Students will create an annotated timeline of the significant events during the Reconstruction Era. For each event, students must include a title, date, summary, and a visual. I have included guiding questions (2-3 for each event) and kid-friendly websites they will use to find the information.

Timeline Events:

Freedmen's Bureau

Lincoln's Assassination

13th Amendment

Civil Rights Act of 1866

Ku Klux Klan

Military Reconstruction Acts

Andrew Johnson's Impeachment Trial

14th Amendment

Ulysses S. Grant's Election

15th Amendment

Compromise of 1877

Reconstruction Amendments Advertisement Poster:

Students will create an advertisement poster informing freed slaves of their newly gained rights in the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments. I have included 15 guiding research questions and kid-friendly websites they will use to find the information.

Native American Poster:

Students will choose a Native American Warrior (Geronimo, Chief Joseph, Sitting Bull, or Crazy Horse) and create a poster using Google Drawings or a traditional poster board. I have provided students with guiding research questions, and kid-friendly websites they will use to find the information.

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