Reframing U.S History With New(er) Narratives

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Tree Stone Education
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This resource helped me look at history from a different perspective and highlighted things that my students found very engaging.


This unit is a combination of three stand alone lessons about times in US history in which people exerted power who were often deemed unable to do so. The three lessons are sandwiched between a theoretical framing of power and final project. There are also a few more ideas for activities and people to research. The time periods are: Enslavement, Civil War, and 1970s / Disability Rights, Topics and vocabulary to be addressed are: gender, enslavement, disability, power, agency,

My hope for you is that you can choose how and where to use the lessons. If you are beholden to a scope and sequence, you can split up the lessons and place them in the proper time period. If you have a bit more freedom, this can be a unit on its own. Or, you can use these stories as capstones at the beginning or end of the year. By framing your year in social justice, students may feel able to share their truths more freely and engage with the rest of the material.

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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.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.


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