Historical Thinking Activities in High School Social Studies

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Hooverville (Evaluating Primary Sources)
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  • Social Studies
  • High School
Used as a bell ringer activity for lessons on the Great Depression. Students must study picture and comment on usefulness.
Source Skills Classroom Signs
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  • Social Studies
  • High School
Source Skills Classroom Signs to refer to during lessons when analyzing sources
WARS & WHY THEY EXIST -  'KALASHNIKOV'S DREAM'
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  • Multiple Subjects
  • High School
Common Core
'Kalashnikov's Dream' is an engaging, cross-curricular program. Presented in four media-rich lessons as a ‘kit’, the completed program allows...
Propaganda- The Art of Moving the Crowd
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The following videos are a hook to a unit on Propaganda. The focus of this unit is to determine how propaganda is used to persuade a targeted group...
Lesson 4: Comparing Presidential Speeches After Attacks on American Soil- 9/11 and Pearl Harbor
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  • Social Studies
  • High School
This lesson has students read two speeches from standing presidents directly after attacks on American soil. There have been no other moments in...
The Great Thanksgiving Listen (2019)
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Common Core
The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a national education project that empowers high school students to create an oral history of the contemporary United...
The Constitutional Convention: Balance of Powers
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  • Social Studies
  • High School
History is the chronicle of choices made by actors/agents/protagonists in specific contexts. This simulation places students in the midst of the...
Immigration and Identity: Connecting Past and Present with the Bintel Brief
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Common Core
This lesson uses primary sources, letters from the Jewish Daily Forward's early 20th-century advice column called the Bintel Brief, to explore...
Organized Labor and the American Dream
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Standards aligned
Main idea of this organized labor lesson: The story of power, justice, and opportunity is complicated. It is not one of constant or linear...
Martin Luther King Scavenger Hunt: The Dream Marches On
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  • Multiple Subjects
  • High School
Common Core
Learn about Martin Luther King by searching the internet, using prescreened sites and thought-provoking questions. Publish your work.