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Illinois State History Research Project. This complete notebook unit is the perfect companion to your annual state studies. Your students will use the internet to research a variety of topics to include: economics, government, geography, politics, current events, higher education, weather, historical figures, Native Americans, state symbols and icons, historic timeline, state flag, folk songs, Westward Expansion, the Civil War, and the Industrial Revolution.

Use this as an all-year resource or as a condensed unit! Mix and match the different sections according to your specific classroom needs.

This resource has been developed as a crossover lesson of language arts and social studies. History teachers will find this very useful in incorporating writing across the curriculum! English teachers will find this as a fun way to add relevant history to lessons on research methods. You’ll find writing prompts, poetry activities, letter writing, news research, and a few creative pages to keep your artistic students engaged!

Many of the pages are specific to your individual state, while others make for easy tie-ins from the national to state level (i.e. How did the Civil War/Industrial Revolution/Westward Expansion affect your state?)

How to organize: Have your students bring in either a folder with brads or a thin three-ring binder. Reserve a space on your shelves for easy reach all year long. These pages can also be shrunk down to use as interactive notebook inserts.

In this unit you will find:

Teacher’s Guide

Research Log

State Poster with Established Date

State Symbols Poster (in Black and White AND in Full Color!)

Project Covers (in 4 Designs)

Map It (Landmarks & Waterways)

City Search Map

Midwest Region Map (with Abbreviation & Capitals)

Poems (Limerick & Personification)

Literary Elements Terms & Example Sheet (to Accompany Poetry Activities)

Local Recipe Sheet (Cooking with Peaches)

Create a State-Themed Stamp

5 Facts About The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and the History of Coal Mining in Illinois; Vintage Photographs (Plus Generic Sheet for Any Subject)

State Government Figures (Governor, US Senators, US Representative, Adjutant General, State Fire Marshal)

Republicans vs. Democrats Venn Diagram

State Politics (Term Lengths, Political Affiliation, Political Majority vs. Minority)

Letter to Government Official

State Military Forces

Interview with Historic Figure

Create a Magazine Cover

Headlines of the Day

State Economy (Tax Collection, Debt vs. Revenue, Annual Spending)

Average Household Finances (of State Residents)

Top Employers

Agriculture Products

Guest Speaker Questions and Student Fill-In Sheet

Tourism Through the Seasons

An Overnight Getaway in My Town (Calculate Costs)

Oldest College in My State (McKendree University)

Average State Weather

A Closer Look (State Symbols, Population, Bordering States, Most Populated City)

Who’s Who (Daniel Burnham, Black Hawk, Jackie Joyner-Kersee)

State Historical Timeline

Native Americans

State Flag Analysis

5 State Themed Writing Prompts

American Folk Song Analysis

Westward Expansion Timeline (Louisiana Purchase, Oregon Trail, The Homestead Act, Lewis and Clark Expedition, The Pony Express, Transcontinental Railroad)

The Civil War

Industrial Revolution Inventions


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Illinois Research Project, State History, Notebook Journal
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