Lesson Plans

Political Parties – Intermediate

Students investigate the two-party system in the United States and analyze partisan priorities, then create political parties that speak to issues affecting young people.

Engine Company 54 lost 15 men, 9/11/01

Through analysis of a collage created post 9/11, students consider how art help us to process and understand difficult events then collect everyday materials to create a piece of art and an accompanying curator note  that reflects on a contemporary event.

Pandemic and Civic Virtue: The American Red Cross and the Influenza Pandemic of 1918

Historical primary sources provide examples of civic virtue–that is, of citizens dedicating themselves to the common welfare, even at the cost of their own interests. By examining such sources, students can reflect on how civic virtue was practiced in the past, and how the concept might apply today. 

News, Perspective, Bias – Intermediate

Through the lens of the Boston Massacre, students think critically about presenter bias and how it can influence public perception. Next, they compare and contrast headlines presented by different news outlets and reflect on the importance of recognizing bias and taking multiple perspectives into account when reviewing stories and drawing conclusions about events.

Motor Vehicle Safety

Analyze safety features on a car design prior to national standards, investigate motor vehicle safety legislation over the years, then consider what safety features you would include on a modern-day motor vehicle.

The Immigrant: Acquisition or Detriment?

Investigate historical and contemporary pros and cons of immigration and reflect on your own views of the issue.

Biggest Business in the World

Analyze an historical presidential campaign ad and reflect on political promises and pledges that you value.

Concerning the American Girl

Reflect on women’s rights through an examination of “ideals of womanhood” over time.

I won’t stand for segregation

Analyze primary sources to investigate the story of Sister Rosa, then compare how contemporary culture has characterized her and add your own lyrical tribute.

Politics: Everybody’s Doing It!

Explore how cartoons have been used historically to comment on politics, then try your hand at political commentary.