History

January 1, 2018

This activity uses tweets to have students consider some of the events that put feminism on the front burner in 2017 - from the women's march to the #MeToo movement.  

July 18, 2017

Students learn about the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision that overturned laws banning interracial marriage, and consider the legacy of that decision today, 50 years on.   

February 28, 2017

In this lesson, students will reflect on the value of knowing American history, practice their research and writing skills, and learn more about the abolitionist Frederick Douglass.   

February 7, 2017

Collected lessons for teaching Black History Month, primarily for high school and middle school.  

November 14, 2016

Students untangle facts and myths about Thanksgiving through reading, discussion, and roleplaying through tweets.   

October 30, 2016

Students consider the history of "dog-whistle" politics and whether the current campaign season marks a break from the past practice by making racial references overt.   

November 10, 2014

Twenty-five years after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, students learn about the wall's rise and fall, and consider the legacy of the Cold War. (See also our companion lesson on the 25th anniversary of Solidarity's victory in Poland.)

October 16, 2014

Students and teachers in Jefferson County, Colorado, joined forces in the fall of 2014 to protest a school board decision to review the Advanced Placement U.S. History curriculum to ensure that it promotes patriotism and discourages civil disorder. In this lesson, students consider how the board's...

October 5, 2014

In small groups and class discussion, students share knowledge about Christopher Columbus and his voyages, learn about the impact of Columbus, and consider some ecological and political results of the encounter 

September 28, 2014

This lesson uses Hispanic Heritage Month as a jumping off point for discussing how ""history"" is shaped and what we can do together to include a larger variety of voices and narratives in our study of history.