Project Based Learning Packet for ALL of US History

Grade Levels
7th - 11th
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Learning Objective

Students will apply both real world and social science skills to develop a project that analyzes a social, political, or cultural movement in American History.


This awesome packet for bringing Project Based Learning (PBL) in your US History classes will be life-changing! PBL brings real world experiences into the classroom to make lessons more meaningful and engaging for students. It gives them choice in their learning while also delving deeper into a topic of US History that matters to them.

This packet gives you everything you need to use project based learning for any unit in American History and includes 99 (yes, 99!) suggested topics for projects plus 25 ideas for real world projects. Your students will have the power of choice to investigate an authentic question in US History.

All of the following are included in this packet:

  • 99 suggested topics for study throughout US History

  • 25 suggested project ideas based on Real World careers with descriptions of each plus tips on how to turn the career into a project

  • A new 30-minute Professional Development video specifically about this packet and how to use it in your classes!

  • Detailed teacher instructions on how to implement the projects, including ideas for differentiation

  • Student introduction pages that break down the project into 6 steps

  • A project planning worksheet to help students through the project

  • Rubrics for the project and for peer evaluation

  • A self-reflection worksheet for after the project

You'll immediately have everything you need to make learning come alive for students through Project Based Learning. Once you begin, you'll see that these are class-changing projects that you and the students will love!

PLUS: This download also includes both printable and Google Docs versions of the entire packet! If you're in a paperless classroom or just want to integrate more digital resources, you can use the provided link to bring this entire PBL packet into Google Classroom!

If you teach World History, you can find my packet PBL Packet for World History here.

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Total Pages
13 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 9–10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


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