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Our best selling three-part Reconstruction series now bundled and discounted for you! These lessons incorporate high quality primary sources. Part I is intended to help students understand the idea that the nation needed to be rebuilt physically,
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History
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6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, Homeschool
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Activities, DBQs, Assessment
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This original activity by Primary Source is intended to help students understand how the nation was rebuilt during Reconstruction (Freedmen's Bureau, sharecropping). Students are asked to study images of the nation's recovery in action, then write
Subjects:
U.S. History
Grades:
4th, 6th, 7th, 11th, Homeschool
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Activities, DBQs, Assessment
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This original activity by Primary Source asks students to consider if Reconstruction worked when presented with the advent of Jim Crow laws and voting restrictions intended to disenfranchise black men. Students compare the quality of a white school
Subjects:
U.S. History
Grades:
4th, 6th, 7th, 11th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, DBQs, Assessment
$2.50
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This original activity by Primary Source is intended to help students understand the purpose of the three amendments (13th, 14th, and 15th) made to the Constitution during Reconstruction. Students are asked to define the amendments in their own
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History
Grades:
6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, DBQs, Assessment
$3.50
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This activity is intended to help students understand monopolies, how they led to the rise of Big Business in the beginning of the 20th Century, and their impact on consumers. This activity can be used when teaching the concept of monopolies, or as
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Business
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, DBQs, Assessment
$3.00
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This original activity by Primary Source is intended to help students understand the idea that the nation needed to be rebuilt physically, economically, and socially after the Civil War. Students are asked to analyze photographs from after the
Subjects:
U.S. History
Grades:
4th, 6th, 7th, 11th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, DBQs, Assessment
$2.50
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Our best selling two-part Reconstruction Amendments series now bundled and discounted for you! These lessons incorporate six high quality primary sources. Part I is intended to help students understand the purpose of the three amendments made to
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History
Grades:
6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, DBQs, Assessment
$6.00
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This Primary Source activity is intended to help students understand the United States’ role at the end of World War I, particularly in regards to joining the League of Nations. It asks students to evaluate a political cartoon in light of what they
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History
Grades:
6th, 7th, 11th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, DBQs, Assessment
$2.50
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This original activity by Primary Source is intended to help students understand that one of the aims of Progressive reforms was to improve working conditions. It specifically features the tragedy at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. Students are
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History
Grades:
4th, 6th, 7th, 11th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, DBQs, Assessment
$2.50
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This original activity by Primary Source has students examine the Southern reaction to the Reconstruction amendments (13th, 14th, and 15th). Students are asked to define the amendments in their own words, then match a primary source document to the
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History
Grades:
6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, DBQs, Assessment
$3.50
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This original activity by Primary Source is intended to help students understand that one of the aims of Progressive reforms was to improve living conditions. Students are asked to analyze photographs of tenement conditions before and after reforms
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, DBQs, Assessment
$2.50
12 ratings
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This original activity by Primary Source is intended to help students understand the fact that while slavery was legally over, African Americans still faced great discrimination and even grave danger in their daily lives in the years following the
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History
Grades:
6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, DBQs, Assessment
$2.50
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This original activity by Primary Source is intended to help students understand that one of the aims of Progressive reforms was to end child labor. Students are asked to analyze photographs of children at work, then write captions for a newspaper
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History
Grades:
4th, 6th, 7th, 11th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, DBQs, Assessment
$2.50
19 ratings
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This activity is intended to help students understand and sequence significant events in World War II by analyzing primary sources. This activity can be used as a pre-assessment at the start of a World War II unit, as a formative/summative
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History, World History
Grades:
6th, 7th, 11th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, DBQs, Assessment
$3.00
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Our best selling 3-part Industrialization and the Progressive Era series now bundled and discounted for you! These original activities by Primary Source are intended to help students understand problems of Industrialization including child labor,
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History
Grades:
6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, DBQs, Assessment
$6.50
15 ratings
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This original activity by Primary Source is intended to help students understand the changing role of women during WWII. Students are asked to analyze an image of a female riveter, then study the lyrics of the song, "Rosie the Riveter" to describe
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History
Grades:
7th, 10th, 11th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, DBQs, Assessment
$2.50
9 ratings
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This original activity by Primary Source is intended to help students identify primary and secondary sources.Teachers should select three to four examples of primary sources and three to four examples of secondary sources relevant to the topic they
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies - History
Grades:
4th, 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, Homeschool
Types:
DBQs, Assessment, Graphic Organizers
$2.50
8 ratings
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This original activity by Primary Source is intended to help students understand the meaning of emancipation. Students are asked to compare and contrast life for African Americans before and after emancipation by analyzing a cartoon by Thomas Nast.
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History
Grades:
6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, DBQs, Assessment
$2.50
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This activity is intended to help students clarify the different paths to equality espoused by the Civil Rights leaders Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois, and should be used following a lesson on the two men. Teachers will need to present the
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History
Grades:
6th, 7th, 11th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, DBQs, Assessment
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Alice and Beth have a combined 10 years of teaching experience in American History. Both completed the "Teaching American History" Grant through George Mason University, which focused on incorporating primary sources into lessons. Alice worked as "Lead Teacher" for the Grant Program for 4 years.

MY TEACHING STYLE

We are addicted to primary sources! We know history is best learned and most interesting when learned from the source. We continually strive to find ways to incorporate primary sources into lessons in an accessible, meaningful way for every level of student. We plan to add new primary source activities to our store each week. Check back often!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Alice and Beth planned and taught together as part of a professional learning community. Their collaboration consistently earned their students pass rates of 95% and above on the Virginia state exams. Their pass rates were among the highest in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Alice earned her BA in History from the University of Indiana and her MT in History and Social Studies from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Beth earned her BA in History of Art from the University of Michigan and her MAT in Social Studies from the School of Education at American University.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Alice and Beth are both taking time off from the classroom to be at home with their children, but are excited to have found an outlet for all their ideas about teaching history. Please be sure to give feedback when you use a lesson, and feel free to send some content ideas our way--we'd love to create something that works for you!

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