Category: U.S. History Resources

Historical Essay

Summative Performance Task & Tool Harwood Union History Department   Your Challenging Task: Answer a historical question in a formal academic essay using ample evidence from multiple sources.   Your Learning Target: I can uses evidence from multiple sources to make a strong argument on an historical question or debate.   What is your Historical…



Rethinking the American Revolution Jigsaw

Create a ‘Did you know…’ media piece using one of the resources below… http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/zinnkin5.html http://www.redcoat.me.uk/Rev-War.htm http://www.progressive.org/zinn070309.html http://www.rayraphael.com/index.htm http://www.historynet.com/debunking-boston-tea-party-myths.htm/1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFekGGggMlw&list=PLsRNoUx8w3rP9zmv8IdM-576Zpr9QEAy7&index=3 http://zinnedproject.org/materials/re-examining-the-revolution/ http://www.sullivanclinton.com/ http://www.bostonmassacre.net/alternative.htm http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/History/Massacres_History.html (Boston Massacre) You could also Google – Myths of the American Revolution



U.S. History: January 27-31

Overview Last week we watched the first episode of Crash Course U.S. History and then discussed how Jared Diamond’s book (Guns, Germs, and Steel) helps us to answer the question “why were Europeans able to eventually dominate the Native Americans?” Assignments This Week 1) Write a reflection on the two resources posted above.¬† What are…




Great Places to Find Resources for the Social Studies Classroom

Video/Audio PBS History Channel Discovery Channel (A&E) HBO Showtime Amazon.com Youtube http://www.youtube.com/user/HistoryFeed?feature=watch Google Videos Google Search (message boards) Annenberg Media Biography of US HIstory Channel – America: The Story of US How Stuff Works History – http://history.howstuffworks.com/american-history http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/hsw-shows/stuff-you-missed-in-history-class-podcast.htm http://www.havefunwithhistory.com/movies/index.html Crash Course Videos Funny or Die (may not be appropriate) Drunk History (may not be appropriate)…




Great Resources for Learning U.S. History

Below is a list of some of my favorite sources for helping students learn about U.S. History. Western Expansion, Territorial Conquest, American Imperialism, Indian Wars Indian Removal Lesson – http://zinnedproject.org/posts/1381 Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee – HBO Movie and Book Indian Removal Lesson and Readings¬† from Teaching Tolerance – http://www.tolerance.org/lesson/indian-removal-does-history-always-reflect-progress Indian Removal Segment from…




500 Nations Documentary

500 Nations 500 Nations is an eight-part documentary on the Native Americans of North and Central America. It documents from pre-Columbian to the end of the 19th century. Much of the information comes from text, eyewitnesses, pictorials, and computer graphics. The series was hosted by Kevin Costner, narrated by Gregory Harrison, and directed by Jack…




Colonial Expansion

Overview The Virginia Colony (1607) – The first permanent English colony The New England Colonies (1620) The ‘Other’ Colonies…




New England Colonies Lecture

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The Silencing of Mary Dyer

Learn more about Mary Dyer and Anne Hutchinson by clicking here to read the Teaching Tolerance article, “The Silencing of Mary Dyer“. See if you can answer the following quesitons: READING VOCABULARY–Use a dictionary to define the following words.¬† Keep in mind that the definition needs to make sense in the context of the reading….



William Bennet’s Patriotic History

In many ways, the polar opposite of Howard Zinn’s book, A People’s History of the United States, click here to listen to author and syndicated radio talk show host Bill Bennett talk about his books on American history, the state of education in the country, and electoral politics. He responded to telephone calls and electronic…