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French & Indian War
- 1753 – 1754: NPS Lesson: Young George Washington’s Adventures: (Very Good): This is a good activity that looks at George Washington’s mission to ask the French to leave forts in the disputed Ohio River Valley.
- The American Revolution Handbook by National Parks Service: This is a 65 page publication by the National Parks Service.
- Boston Massacre Interactive (EXCELLENT): This is an incredible resource for US History teachers. There are 20 primary sources, great background information, plenty of activity, and a computer interactive that the students will love.
- Road to the American Revolution: PBS Interactive: This is a great activity that PBS created to teach students about the events leading up to the American Revolution. Click the link to view a questions for students to answers as they complete the activity.
- April 17, 1775: Paul Revere’s Ride
- April 18, 1775: National Parks Service: A Patriot Spy (EXCELLENT) This is an an activity that takes the student through the streets of Boston on the evening of April 18, 1775. There is great use of primary sources and it is very engaging for the students. Lesson Time (35 – 50 minutes) (Additional WebRanger Activities)
- Battle of Lexington and Concord: Concord Hymn (1837) read by President Clinton
- Prelude to the American Revolution (National Parks Service)
- Give Me Liberty! (March 23, 1775): This is a 3 page worksheet. It is great for class discussion. A teacher may choose to create some questions for the students.
- July 4th, 1776 Declaration of Independence: Dramatic Reading: This is a great resource for the Declaration of Independence. It is a dramatic reading with famous actors and actresses. It is even narrated by Morgan Freeman.
- January 1777 George Washington: Battle of Trenton Interactive (EXCELLENT): This is a great interactive for an individual student or the entire class. It was created by George Washington’s Mount Vernon website. It looks at the decision making process of General Washington in a fun and creative way. The interactive is very user-friendly.
- U.S. History Lesson: American Revolution Interactive Map
- Valley Forge: A Winter Encampment Reenactment Video
- George Washington: The Newburgh Conspiracy (1783)
- 1787 – 1790 U.S. History: Radical Ratification of the Constitution Interactive: Icivics Race to Ratification A great activity that helps students understand the Federalist and Anti-federalist arguments. AWESOME
- ICivics America’s Founding Preambles This is a great on-line activity that requires students to analyze and compare three important documents – The Declaration of Independence, The Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution. “Learn how the American idea of government evolved from a revolutionary response to monarchy to a unified nation. The sources will illustrate the effort taken to reach “a more perfect union” through a close read of our founding documents.”
- ICivics Constitution Cover Letter:
- U.S. Constitution Quiz
A Growing Nation
- The Newburgh Conspiracy (1783) This is a great interactive for an individual student or the entire class. It was created by George Washington’s Mount Vernon website. It looks at the decision making process of President Washington in a fun and creative way. The interactive is very user-friendly.
- The Genet Affair (1793) This is a great interactive for an individual student or the entire class. It was created by George Washington’s Mount Vernon website. It looks at the decision making process of President Washington in a fun and creative way. The interactive looks at some of the reasons why Washington choose to remain neutral in international affairs.
- The Whiskey Rebellion (1794) This is a great interactive for an individual student or the entire class. It was created by George Washington’s Mount Vernon website. It looks at the decision making process of President Washington in a fun and creative way. The interactive looks at some of the reasons why Washington choose to crush the Whiskey Rebellion.
- 1803 Louisiana Purchase: This is a simple reading activity that asks the students to map out the Louisiana Purchase. It is a great way to introduce the Lewis & Clark interactive.
- 1807 Lewis & Clark Interactive: A great PBS Interactive. Students make choices as they explore the Louisiana Purchase.
War of 1812
- A Sailor’s Life for Me Boston June 1812: Interactive created by the U.S.S. Constitution. Students assume the role of a member of the crew. A Project of the USS Constitution Museum.
- Cast Your Vote: The War of 1812 May 1812
- U.S. History Lesson: Star-Spangled Banner: September 1814:
- Manifest Destiny: Manifest Destiny is a great activity for a U.S. History class. ICivics provides great resources to cover Manifest Destiny. These activites provide students with several differnent learning activities that focus on a variety of skills. All you need to do to have access to the lesson is register with ICivics.
- 1809 – 1865: National Parks Service: Help Lincoln Get to the White House – Very Good. The NPS does a great job presenting the important events of the timeline interactive. It takes the student on an interactive journey of Abraham Lincoln’s life from birth to his death.
- October 1962 13 Days in October JFK Library
- JFK Quotes: John F. Kennedy Quotes
- President John F. Kennedy: 1961 Inaugural Address
- US History Lesson: Presidential Foreign Policy Decision Making
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