In this video, students learn about Benjamin Franklin. What do the light bulb, the post office, the lightning rod, the Constitution, and the modern fire department have in common? They were all invented by Ben Franklin. He was the genius behind most of modern-day life and technology. Amazing, isn't it?
In this video from PBSLearningMedia, John Green teaches students about America's "peculiar institution," slavery. John will talk about what life was like for a slave in the 19th century the United States, and how slaves resisted oppression, to the degree that was possible. We'll hear about cotton plantations, the violent punishment of slaves, day-to-day slave life, and slave rebellions. Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman, and Whipped Peter all make an appearance. Slavery as an institution is arguably the darkest part of America's history, and we're still dealing with its aftermath 150 years after it ended.
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In this video from PBSLearningMedia, John Green teaches students about various reform movements in the 19th century United States. From Utopian societies to the Second Great Awakening to the Abolition movement, American society was undergoing great changes in the first half of the 19th century. Attempts at idealized societies popped up (and universally failed) at Utopia, OH, New Harmony, IN, Modern Times, NY, and many other places around the country. These utopians had a problem with mainstream society, and their answer was to withdraw into their own little worlds. Others didn't like the society they saw and decided to try to change it. Relatively new protestant denominations like the Methodists and Baptists reached out to "the unchurched" during the Second Great Awakening, and membership in evangelical sects of Christianity rose quickly. At the same time, Abolitionist societies were trying to free the slaves. Americans of the 19th century had looked at the world they were living in and decided to change it.
In this video from A Kid Explains History, Quinn explains the history of the life of Frederick Douglass and his work as an abolitionist. Quinn's precocious personality and kid-friendly vocabulary bring history to life in this video.
In this video from A Kid Explains History, Quinn explains the history and life of Harriet Tubman and her work on the underground railroad. With his precocious personality and kid-friendly vocabulary, Quinn makes learning history easy and fun for students of all ages. This video can be used to introduce Harriet Tubman, abolitionists, and/or the underground railroad.
This lesson, to be used with Underground Railroad: The William Still Story, introduces students to the benefits of recording history. However, they also learn the dangers of sharing information publicly. Social media is explored as an effective, but a sometimes dangerous messaging tool.
In this lesson, students use primary sources relating to the abolitionist John Brown and his rebellion. Students use a creative medium to recognize his contribution to history. Resources included are a portrait of John Brown, an article from Harper's Weekly, a picture of John Brown's rifle, a picture of John Brown going to his death, and a student analysis chart.
In this lesson plan, students debate the legacy of John Brown and how he should be remembered. The lesson includes videos of an actor portraying John Brown, a plea to the people of Concord from Henry David Thoreau, and a John Brown song.
In this learning activity, students examine Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin to explore how words affect public opinion. Additional resources are available by clicking Download PDF or DOC button including a video, a Source Analysis Chart, Organizing Quotes Chart, a summary from the book, and illustrations from the book.