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Emerging America: Teaching Resources

found in: social studies; preK-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12

Emerging America: Teaching Resources offers unit plans, lesson plans, activities, primary source sets, and assessments for K-12 social studies and history students and teachers. Filter resources by grade level, subject, time period, type or search using keywords. Download lessons as PDFs. Lessons list standards.

In or Out: Race and Disability as Legal Barriers to Immigration  ( PDF, 1.2 MB, 12 pgs.) In small groups, students (4-5) examine a primary source text and image set about immigrants at the turn of the 20th century to understand race-based and disabilities discrimination many immigrant groups faced. In a related lesson, Child Immigrant Experiences of Early 1900s and Today, (594 KB, 19 pp) students (4) examine the experiences of immigrant children in the early 20th century and today.

Ancient Rome’s Veterans with Disabilities: Roman Accounts and U.S. Veteran Comparisons  ( PDF, 1.6 MB, 19 pgs.) In this four-day lesson, students (7, 6-12 with modifications) compare attitudes toward veterans with disabilities as demonstrated in written primary sources from Ancient Rome and images and video primary sources about American soldiers.

Progressive to New Deal  ( PDF, 262 KB, 9 pgs.) A primary source set (political cartoons, sheet music, and digital photographs) and Library of Congress lesson plans cover 1900 to 1941. Topics include the Women’s Suffrage movement, Harlem Renaissance, and Great Depression.


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