PBS Documentary “First Peoples” Free Lesson

This past June, PBS aired a documentary titled “First Peoples.”  Though it was the end of the year, I noticed that one of the sections of the video – The First Americans – dovetailed nicely with one of NYS teaching standards for Social Studies from the new Social Studies framework – specifically:

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“Hamilton the Musical” In the Classroom – Skills and Content – Common Core Aligned

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Ever since Lin-Manuel Miranda released his first song from Hamilton the musical, I’ve been using his songs in my classroom to teach History.  With the release of the full soundtrack this past fall, I was instantly envisioning new ways to incorporate the songs from the musical within my class.  I love all of the songs, however, I’m obviously most attracted to those that relate to seventh grade Social Studies.  This led me to the cabinet battles.  They’re fun, catchy, and they sneakily teach about rather dry topics like the assumption of state debt and the Neutrality Proclamation.

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