Students watch a video that investigates Cuba's government controlled economy and the effects a command economy has on both consumers and producers (video link in header). Students find the video interesting, as it profiles real people and
In this analysis activity, students evaluate the causes and effects of three major strikes during the Gilded Age: the Haymarket Riot, the Pullman Strike and the Homestead Strike. They read summaries of each event and analyze primary and secondary
This is a multiday lesson that delves into the nature of the government's role in the US economy. Student readings and documents are embedded in the handouts, and the documents for the final task assessment appear on the final page.
Period 5 of the AP US History curriculum covers the years 1844-1877. This Period 5 exam includes 41 stimulus based, multiple choice questions and 3 short answer questions, all aligned with the AP Exam.
This lesson is designed to lead into the election of 1860/the Civil War. The lesson begins with a close read of Thomas Jefferson's 1820 "Fire Bell in the Night" letter about the Missouri Compromise. Students analyze primary sources from the Dred
In this inquiry guided activity, students analyze documents from Mao's Great Leap Forward and Stalin's Five Year Plans, completing a graphic organizer to compare and ultimately assess these economic and political plans. Links to the documents are
In this document based activity, students analyze how minority groups (women, Native Americans, slaves/African Americans) were affected during and after the American Revolution. It can be used as an inquiry lesson, jigsaw, project, etc.
In this lesson, students use primary and secondary sources to evaluate Radical (Congressional) Reconstruction. In part 1, students analyze the reasons Congress took over Reconstruction after President Johnson's Presidential Reconstruction policies.
Students use readings about French, Spanish, Dutch and English colonization in the Americas and complete a graphic organizer. They then use this information to choose two countries to compare in colonization efforts and complete analysis questions.
Students are given a series of scenarios about different hypothetical problems they face at home and school. They also receive a set of event cards that describe events leading up to the Revolution. In groups or individually, students compete to
In this lesson, students analyze the effects of the French & Indian War by examining three case studies: relationships with Native Americans, colonial unity and the tightening of British control on the colonies. The lesson is designed to be a
Students compare the southern/Chesapeake, middle and New England colonies by analyzing primary and secondary sources. This lesson can be executed in a variety of ways--whole class or group inquiry, jigsaw, project, etc. I originally gave this as an
Students Use 3 readings about US diplomacy during the Civil War to assess how Britain, France and Russia all played roles--and had interests in--the Civil War. Links to readings are in the document and each reading is scaffolded with analysis
Here's an assignment for the Progressive reforms. I split kids into groups and (for my class) assigned them 5 reforms. They worked together to create a poster for the laws and then completed a gallery walk, matching the problems on the attached
In this activity, students work independently and in groups to determine the causes of unemployment, using current event stories and statistics. The lesson includes an opening discussion, document analysis, a closing discussion and a summative
Using primary sources, students investigate why there was a shift from Presidential to Congressional/Radical Reconstruction. Each document includes guiding questions for student understanding and a culminating synthesis task.
In this inquiry lesson, students investigate how the US demand for low cost products has global effects. They learn not only about supply and demand, but also about globalization and world trade. The accompanying PowerPoint, which contains video and
In this variation of History in a Bag using American art, students work in groups to analyze famous images/pieces of art from through US History. They summarize the images by coming up with a historical narrative about the US based on the images