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Subject: Social Studies (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Spice up the Nineteenth Century!
Description: Students will make interactive outlines using the Internet of the reform movements, literature, trails, religion or technology of the early nineteenth century.


Subject: Social Studies (2 - 10)
Title: UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, ROUTE TO FREEDOM
Description: This activity will require the teacher and student to travel throughout the school and its buildings as they travel the underground railroad. As they travel they will stop at safe houses, rest and eat before they proceed finally crossing the Ohio River to freedom.


Subject: Social Studies (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: A Monumental Idea
Description: This is a small-group project utilizing web research, cooperation, creativity and hands-on production in order to fully understand the impact of social reformers of the 19th century. Students will be responsible for building a monument in tribute to a social reformer. Monuments will be displayed in the library. A one-page typed summary will be turned in with the monument which explains the reformer's relevance and accomplishments, as well as why the group chose that person to memorialize. There must be an inscription identifying the monument.


Subject: Social Studies (10 - 11)
Title: Notable American Female Social Reformers (Mid 1850s-Early 1900s)
Description: This lesson will utilize the Internet to explore some of the more notable female social reformers in the United States from the mid-1850s to the early 1900s. Ideas for this lesson could include individual, group, or peer-to-peer investigation. The selection of the more notable women was choosen from Passing the New Alabama High School Graduation Examination in Social Studies (American Book Company).


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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: From Courage to Freedom: Student Interactive      Add Bookmark
Description: This student interactive, from an EDSITEment lesson, guides students through the process of analyzing a chapter from Frederick Douglass s work, '' Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.''
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Attitudes Toward Emancipation      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson from EDSITEment, students explore the obstacles and alternatives facing the nation at the time of the Emancipation Proclamation. They evaluate the provisions of the Emancipation Proclamation, trace the stages that led to Lincoln's formulation of this policy, explore the range of contemporary public opinion on the issue of emancipation, and document the multifaceted significance of the Emancipation Proclamation within the context of the Civil War era.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Families in Bondage      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Learning the Blues      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, introduces students to the blues, one of the most distinctive and influential elements of African-American musical tradition. Students take a virtual field trip to Memphis, Tennessee, one of the prominent centers of blues activities, and explore the history of the blues in the work of W. C. Handy and a variety of country blues singers whose music preserves the folk origins of this unique American art form.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Who Was Cinque?      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, focuses on Cinque, the leader of the 1839 Amistad revolt. The lesson draws on a variety of documentary resources to examine how he was perceived by Americans on both sides of the debate over slavery.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Slavery s Dehumanizing Effects      Add Bookmark
Description: This student interactive, from an EDSITEment lesson, guides students through the process of analyzing a chapter from Frederick Douglass s work, '' Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.''
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: From Courage to Freedom: Frederick Douglass's 1845 Autobiography      Add Bookmark
Description: In this EDSITEment unit of three lessons, students read Frederick Douglass's 1845 slave narrative, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself. They analyze Douglass's vivid first-hand accounts of the lives of slaves and the behavior of slave owners to see how he successfully contrasts reality with romanticism and powerfully uses imagery, irony, connotative and denotative language, strong active verbs, repetition, and rhetorical appeals to persuade the reader of slavery's evil. Students also identify and discuss Douglass's acts of physical and intellectual courage on his journey towards freedom. This curriculum unit incorporates primary source material from EDSITEment-reviewed Web sites. The curriculum unit introduces three individual lesson plans.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Slavery's Opponents and Defenders      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: From Courage to Freedom: Slavery's Dehumanizing Effects      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students read Frederick Douglass's 1845 slave narrative, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself. They explore Douglass's argument that slavery is not only dehumanizing to the slave, but to the slave-owner as well.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History
Title: John Brown and the Underground Railroad      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students analyze John Brown's attitudes and actions against slavery. They then compare Brown's views with those of other people who were active in the Underground Railroad and the abolitionist movement. They write journal entries pretending they are Underground Railroad conductors who have adopted John Brown's values and tactics. They write additional paragraphs explaining whether they think they would have been more in agreement with Brown or with pacifist abolitionists.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Critical Ways of Seeing ''The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn'' in Context      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, asks students to combine Internet historical research with critical reading. They then produce several writing assignments exploring what readers see in Huckleberry Finn and why they see it that way.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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