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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Louisiana Purchase: An Offer We Couldn't Refuse
Description: This lesson explores the circumstances surrounding the United States' acquisition of the Louisiana Territory. To research these topics students will integrate a variety of print and technology resources. Students will apply the results of the research to produce a multimedia presentation supplemented by a brochure created through the application of desktop publishing software.


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Subject: Social Studies (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Explore!
Description: The Manifest Destiny of the 1800's began with Thomas Jefferson's dramatic political foresight of arranging the Louisiana Purchase. The stories of courage and determination from these lands began with the Lewis and Clark expedition. In this lesson students will explore the fascinating people, places, and struggles of the expedition. Students will create from their study a brochure depicting at least five areas of information about the Lewis and Clark expedition.


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: On the Oregon Trail     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students work with primary documents and latter-day photographs to recapture the experience of traveling on the Oregon Trail. The goals of this lesson are to learn about the pioneer experience on the Oregon Trail, to evaluate a historical re-enactment in light of documentary evidence, and to synthesize historical data through creative writing.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Campaign of 1840: The Candidates     
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, introduces students to the personalities and issues behind the 1840 American presidential campaign, called the first modern campaign. Students compare and contrast contenders Martin Van Buren and William Henry Harrison and reflect on the extent to which Harrison did not fit the mold of former-president Andrew Jackson, despite the publicity presented by his party.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Election Is in the House: The Denouement     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students discover why the election of 1824 was decided in the House of Representatives. They explore relevant portions of the Constitution on presidential election procedures.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Was There an Industrial Revolution? Americans at Work before the Civil War     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students learn about changes that occurred in the United States during the period of industrialization before the Civil War. They then determine which facts indicate whether early industrialization was a revolutionary or evolutionary process.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The 1828 Campaign of Andrew Jackson: Changes in Voting Participation     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students examine voting patterns for the presidential election of 1828. They make connections between changes in voting participation and the results of the election.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: The Campaign of 1840: The Campaign     
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, introduces students to the personalities and issues behind the 1840 American presidential campaign, called the first modern campaign. Students discuss the use of visual images, objects, and spectacle in the 1840 campaign, then reflect on whether the campaign was based more on substance or image.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science, Social Studies
Title: Pueblo Migrations     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a 20-year effort to learn what happened to the ancient residents of the American Southwest. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Was There an Industrial Revolution? New Workplace, New Technology, New Consumers     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students learn about changes that occurred in the United States during the period of industrialization before the Civil War. They then determine which facts indicate whether early industrialization was a revolutionary or evolutionary process.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History
Title: Understanding Wilderness     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students discuss the concept of wilderness and the role that wilderness preservation has played throughout American history. Students conduct research on different historical wilderness issues or events and analyze those events in the context of the political and cultural climate of that particular time.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: A House Dividing: The Growing Crisis of Sectionalism in Antebellum America     
Description: In this unit of four lessons, from EDSITEment, students trace the development of sectionalism in the United States as it was driven by the growing dependence upon, and defense of, black slavery in the southern states. Through the use of interactive maps, primary texts, and comparative biographies, students consider the debates over American slavery and the power of the federal government, the regional economies and political events that produced a widening split between free and slaveholding states in antebellum America, and the key figures and their arguments regarding the legitimacy of slavery and the proper role of the national government in resolving its future in the American republic.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Pioneer Values in Willa Cather's ''My Antonia''     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students learn about the social and historical context of Willa Cather's My Antonia. They work in groups to explore Cather's commentary on fortitude, hard work, faithfulness, and other values that we associate with pioneer life.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Abraham Lincoln, the 1860 Election, and the Future of the American Union and Slavery     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students explore the wide-ranging debate over American slavery by presenting the lives of its leading opponents and defenders and the views they held about America's peculiar institution. Students identify influential opponents and defenders of American slavery and compare their respective biographies, explain the reasons given for and against the morality and legitimacy of slavery under the U.S. Constitution, and articulate an economic argument in favor of slavery and an opposing argument on behalf of free labor.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: An Early Threat of Secession: The Missouri Compromise of 1820 and the Nullification Crisis     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students explore the Missouri Compromise of 1820 and the Nullification Crisis, which occurred a decade later. Students learn how the controversies over slavery's expansion and federal tariffs further entrenched the dividing line between northern and southern interests.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The 1828 Campaign of Andrew Jackson: Expansion of the Voting Base     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students explore how changes in state constitutions affected the voting population in the early years of the nineteenth century. They give examples to indicate how the franchise was extended and limited in the first half of the 19th century and cite some differences in the newly enfranchised population that could affect the way they would vote.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854: Popular Sovereignty and the Political Polarization over Slavery     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students explore the wide-ranging debate over American slavery by presenting the lives of its leading opponents and defenders and the views they held about America's peculiar institution. Students identify influential opponents and defenders of American slavery and compare their respective biographies, explain the reasons given for and against the morality and legitimacy of slavery under the U.S. Constitution, and articulate an economic argument in favor of slavery and an opposing argument on behalf of free labor.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History
Title: The Great Plains: A Harsh Welcome to Settlers     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students consider the experiences of settlers on the American Great Plains in the late 1800s. They explore the ways in which humans use technology to overcome obstacles in the physical environment.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Election Is in the House: Was There a Corrupt Bargain?     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students examine primary source documents and consider, given the evidence available, whether there was a corrupt bargain between John Quincy Adams and Henry Clay that enabled Adams to win the presidency in 1824.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Campaign of 1840: The Whigs, the Democrats, and the Issues     
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, introduces students to the personalities and issues behind the 1840 American presidential campaign, called the first modern campaign. Students investigate the differences between the Whigs and Democrats and consider arguments for and against the contenders, Martin Van Buren and William Henry Harrison.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Election Is in the House: 1824 -- The Candidates and the Issues     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students explore changes in presidential election laws and procedures since 1796. They also examine campaign materials from 1824.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History
Title: Lewis and Clark Expedition: Create Your Own Adventure     
Description: In this student activity, from Xpeditions, students relive the spirit of Lewis and Clark by planning their own expedition. The Lewis and Clark Expedition of two hundred years ago embodied a spirit of adventure, curiosity, and exploration that is as exciting today as it was in the early 1800s. To capture that spirit, students imagine a journey through an unknown place. They choose a place that they have never visited, but would love to explore. Together with their family, students plan out their trip, imagining what they would like to learn, how they would travel, and what obstacles they might encounter along the way.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Campaign of 1840: William Henry Harrison and Tyler, Too     
Description: This unit of three lessons, from EDSITEment, introduces students to the issues and personalities behind the 1840 American presidential campaign, often described as the first modern campaign. Lessons in this unit allow students to review an assortment of primary source documents and reflect on the campaign of 1840.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Exploring Cross-Age Tutoring Activities With Lewis and Clark     
Description: Interaction and adventure draws high school and elementary school students together as they analyze stories about the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The First American Party System: U.S. Political Parties -- The Principle of Legitimate Opposition     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students explore critical factors leading to the development of the Federalist and Democratic-Republican parties. They reflect on the essential elements of an organized political party.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Families in Bondage     
Description: This two-part lesson from EDSITEment draws on letters written by African Americans in slavery and by free blacks to loved ones still in bondage, singling out a few among the many slave experiences to offer students a glimpse into slavery and its effects on African American family life. In Part I, students examine the letters of Hannah Valentine, an enslaved woman who lived on a Virginia plantation. In Part II, students read letters from a fugitive slave to his still-enslaved wife and from a black Union soldier to his still-enslaved daughters, confronting directly the anguish of separation that was a constant factor in African American family life during slave times, when children and parents, husbands and wives, were routinely sold away from one another. Students explore the emotional terrain revealed in these letters by comparing the response to separation voiced by Valentine with that voiced by the Union soldier and the fugitive slave.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The 1828 Campaign of Andrew Jackson: Territorial Expansion and the Shift of Power     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students examine the effects of changes in the electorate and regional differences within the United States on the election of 1828. They also explore the development of the Democratic Party and its opposition.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The 1828 Campaign of Andrew Jackson: Issues in the Election of 1828 (and Beyond)     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students explore Andrew Jackson's campaign in some detail, focusing on his use of political handlers and on campaign materials supporting and opposing his candidacy.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Title: Causes of the Civil War
Digital Tool: Xtranormal Video
Digital Tool Description: The Xtranormal video depicts a discussion about the causes of the U.S. Civil War between Barack Obama and Abraham Lincoln. Both presidents are represented by cartoon avatars that resemble each president. **Because the video is from YouTube, instructions for how to address potential school site Internet blockages are listed in the "Advanced Preparation" section of this page.


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Subject: Science, Social Studies
Title: Pueblo Migrations     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a 20-year effort to learn what happened to the ancient residents of the American Southwest. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Lesson Plans


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Judgment Day: For and Against Freedom
http://www.pbs.org/w...
This lesson uses a program segment and primary sources to deepen understanding of the militant phase of anti-slavery activism inspired by the pamphlets, newspapers, speeches, and organized campaigns of early 19th-century abolitionists. Students can perform guided research into the lives and ideologies of famous abolitionists, notably women abolitionists, and create fictional dialogues between them.

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The Ex-Slave Narratives Lesson Plans
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These lessons include slave narratives, analyzing historical documents, and compare/contrast slave experiences using technology and collaborative learning groups.

Learning Activities


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Judgment Day: For and Against Freedom
http://www.pbs.org/w...
This lesson uses a program segment and primary sources to deepen understanding of the militant phase of anti-slavery activism inspired by the pamphlets, newspapers, speeches, and organized campaigns of early 19th-century abolitionists. Students can perform guided research into the lives and ideologies of famous abolitionists, notably women abolitionists, and create fictional dialogues between them.

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Subject: Language Arts
Title: The Lewis and Clark Expedition reached the Pacific Ocean in 1805.     
Description: Students look at Kenneth Holder's paintings of the Lewis and Clark trail and transform their notes into a descriptive paragraph as if they were a member of the expedition.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Gold was discovered in California in 1848.     
Description: Students read letters from the Gold Rush and follow up by writing an imaginary letter to a family member about their experience using the Letter Generator.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History
Title: Lewis and Clark Expedition: Create Your Own Adventure     
Description: In this student activity, from Xpeditions, students relive the spirit of Lewis and Clark by planning their own expedition. The Lewis and Clark Expedition of two hundred years ago embodied a spirit of adventure, curiosity, and exploration that is as exciting today as it was in the early 1800s. To capture that spirit, students imagine a journey through an unknown place. They choose a place that they have never visited, but would love to explore. Together with their family, students plan out their trip, imagining what they would like to learn, how they would travel, and what obstacles they might encounter along the way.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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