US History Lesson Plans in High School Social Studies

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Stereotypes and Tonto
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This lesson revolves around Sherman Alexie’s poignant yet humorous and accessible essay, “I Hated Tonto (Still Do).” It explores the negative impact...
Recording a Dying Language | Global Oneness Project
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  • Multiple Subjects
  • MS, HS
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Students watch a film about a Native American woman who is the last fluent speaker of her language and explore the themes of endangered languages and...
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
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  • Social Studies
  • High School
Witness the tragic ending to the Native American struggle for independence, and learn how that struggle continues, with this study guide to the HBO...
The Capable County
iCivics 
Updated: 
2016
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  • Social Studies
  • MS, HS
Students explore the many roles filled by their county government and the role of county governments in a federalist system. After a close...
Rich Enough To Give Us All A Farm
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Students take on the 1,400 words of the Homestead Act of 1862, figure out its main requirements by reading closely, and test their understanding...
Nature's First Defenders
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Indigenous people—nature’s first defenders—play a vital role in sustaining our planet. This lesson enables students to understand that role and to...
Sectionalism and the Mexican-American War
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  • Social Studies
  • MS, HS
A 2-3 class period documents-based lesson in which students will study the issue of Sectionalism as applied to the Mexican-American War, and how that...
Slavery Through the Eyes of a Slave
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  • Social Studies
  • High School
A week-long lesson sequence on American slavery that uses a selection of original documents to study the life and views of a slave, from the...
Jackson Vetoes the National Bank
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  • Social Studies
  • High School
A four day lesson using a selection of original documents to explore and understand the politics and law surrounding the debate over the National...
Lesson Plan: The California Gold Rush
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  • Social Studies
  • MS, HS
In 1824 gold was discovered in California sparking the California Gold Rush. New settlers from around the United States and the world migrated to...