Ludlow Massacre

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The Ludlow Massacre in 1914 was an important event in American history. A major tragedy, it fueled the growing worker’s rights movement and helped result in the 8 hour work day we enjoy today.

We have included several images as well as an assignment requiring students to retell the story in their own words.

For more on this era check out our:

US History PowerPoints

Classroom History Games

Ancestry map, 2000 Census

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The amount of information contained in census maps is staggering and a major score for Social Studies teachers.

This week we have created questions and answers on groups by ancestry in counties.

For more map activities check out our US History Map Set.

1912 Exam for 8th graders


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This exam was given to 8th grade students in Bullitt County, Kentucky.

A rural community, it was a big deal to make it as far as 8th grade and some students who scored well were granted scholarships to high school.

This would be a fun exam to pass out to students in any grade as a beginning of the year assignment, either individually or in small groups to see collectively how many they might be able to answer. Obviously some of the questions are no longer relevant nor will they be able to answer all of them, but this can be a great springboard for class discussions and as an ice breaker.

Here is the exam in a format ready for your classroom use.

For a link to the answers head here: Bullitt County exam answers

The Ellis Island tourists don’t get to see: Inside the infectious disease wards, morgue and giant furnace where the dreams of thousands of immigrants hoping for a new life in America came to a terrible end

article-2362465-1ACAC7F7000005DC-780_634x357The 22-building hospital was one of the largest public health institutions in the U.S, according to the New York Times. In 1914, its staff treated 10,000 people from 75 countries.
After it closed in 1954 the 750-bed hospital and morgue were left abandoned. They have remained out of bounds to the more than three million tourists who flock to the island each year.

Vilseskogen, the New Jersey photographer who took the photos in 2008, said: ‘We walked through old mental wards, infectious disease wards, saw the morgue, and the giant furnace room. It was an amazing experience and you could really feel the history alive, right here and now.’

We have included several pictures for your use. To find them look at the bottom of the page under “Historic Photos”.

For more resources on teaching this era, check out our:

US History PowerPoints:

*Immigration and Urbanization:
*Progressive Era

Classroom History games:

* AMERICAN IMMIGRATION GAME
Covers the three waves of immigration to the United States from Europe. Student teams choose one of seven ports to place their immigrant-laden ships, learning about patterns of immigration to the U.S.

Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman” speech

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Sojourner Truth was an amazing woman who lived an extraordinary life.

Her famous speech given in Ohio in 1851 is a simple yet eloquent argument on the equality of the sexes.

There is a bit of controversy, however, as two versions have been recorded, one during the convention, a second a few years later.

The second version is the widely known speech. It is notable though that the second version is in a southern-style dialect which is not how the native New Yorker who only spoke Dutch for her early years talked.

We have included both and encourage adding questions to the assignment we have included for your classroom use.

Cold War Comic Books

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Every teacher strives to find new ways to pique and keep students’ interest throughout the school year.

We believe that comic books can be one of many resources in this quest.

In this case we are highlighting a few Esquire Comics from the Cold War era.

The imagery can be quite graphic at times, so prescreening is always essential before passing something out.

We have included an assignment that is classroom ready to be used during a Cold War unit.

For more Cold War resources check out our:

US History PowerPoints

World History PowerPoints

Classroom History Games

Historic Film Collection

Historic Film Collection, Part 4

New year, new goals

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We believe that an important part of Social Studies is teaching children real life skills, such as map reading and critical thinking skills, for example.

Today’s post emphasizes the need for setting and achieving realistic goals. This can be difficult for many people who often are too vague or too broad, leaving them overwhelmed and failing.

We designed this lesson many years ago for our 9th graders and have had much success over the years with all grade levels.

Our Five Goals assignment is ready for your classroom use today, let us know what you think!

The Great Society by LBJ

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President Johnson and others in the 1960s hoped to end poverty and racial injustice through a series of programs known as “The Great Society”.

In one of LBJ’s first speeches about the program at the University of Michigan on May 22, 1964 he outlines some of the major goals.

We have included an excerpted copy of the speech along with questions and answers. It is an accessible speech for students of all reading levels, which makes it a great primary source document lesson.

For more resources on teaching this era check out our:

US History PowerPoints

Classroom History Games

Interview a Veteran

One of our favorite assignments is to interview people about their life experiences, especially if they lived through a significant event.

The best way to find a local veteran is to contact the VFW.

Over the years we have created our own questions, however the Library of Congress Veteran’s History Project has a wonderful resource that is available for your classroom use.  Click here to access the page with questions.

We appreciate all of the sacrifices that veterans have made for our nation and the world.

Appeasement cartoon by Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss was an American treasure for all of his amazing contributions throughout his prolific life.

His political cartoons during WWII provide a wonderful opportunity for students to analyze obvious images in order to decipher the messages.

We have included a copy of this cartoon along with questions and answers.

For more WWII resources check out our:

1940s Historic Film Collection

US History PowerPoints:

World History PowerPoints:

Classroom History Classroom Games

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