Lesson Plans

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. Access lesson

The Immigrant: Acquisition or Detriment?

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

Biggest Business in the World

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

Concerning the American Girl

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

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. Access lesson

Politics: Everybody’s Doing It!

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

Election Day

Explore, compare, and contrast historical and contemporary reflections about elections in America. Access lesson

Illustrating America

Explore the stories we tell when illustrating America through primary source analysis, reflection, and creation. Access lesson

Women’s Rights: Seneca Falls & Beyond

Investigate a key event in the history of women’s rights and the importance of commemorating the struggle for civil rights, then consider possible contributions to help ensure a future with greater equality. Access lesson

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