Teaching Critical Thinking Creatively
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Through this lesson, students learn about the Atlantic Slave trade and the Middle Passage by visiting 5 stations that discuss Triangular Trade and the experience of enslaved Africans along the middle passage. Students examine primary sources, statistical data, and interactive maps.
This bundle provides an introduction to point of view for students. Students review three voices from the past discussing their claim to land in the Ohio River valley and then discuss who had the most justified claim through their exit tickets. On the second day, students interact with a primary and secondary source analysis stations activity discussing the impact of the war. This bundle also includes a review sheet and two different versions of a critical thinking assessment!
Each station depicts a different type of protest, including, boycotting, a spinning bee, a boycott of merchants, a tarring and feathering and an effigy hanging. Students will learn about why the colonists protested with a 4-page historical background with text-based questions, and they will learn about how they did so with a gallery walk. They will then design their own protests and generate a protest announcement and a simple drawing of the protest in action.
This lesson included three infographics that describe the experience of Native Americans, African Americans and Women during the Revolutionary War. Students can visit the infographics with stations or they can view the infographics through Google Classroom. I tried my best to write these with information that would engage the students with the stories of the Revolutionary War.
This lesson focuses on the Bill of Rights. Students will complete an interactive presentation and then visit stations relating to the Supreme Court rulings and teenagers. My students were thoroughly engaged and their learning was substantial. They absolutely loved these activities!
This lesson discusses the the causes and effects of the War of 1812. To understand the causes, the class will visit an interactive website that discusses why people were both for and against the War of 1812. In order to understand the impact of the war, students will visit four stations which represent varying impacts. They include westward movement, the growth of American art and literature, the destruction of Washington D.C., and the growth of Andrew Jackson's popularity after the Battle of New Orleans. Students will examine primary sources to find the the evidence related to those impacts.
This lesson provides a fun and interactive way for students to practice analyzing geographic context and gain content knowledge about each of the territorial additions in the mid-1800s. There are five stations that can be set up around the room for students to visit. Each of the five stations has a visually appealing map and timeline that discuss the major events relating to the addition of that territory to the United States.
This lesson includes three stations to help students analyze primary sources and learn about the Oregon Trail pioneers, the Mormon Trail pioneers, and the gold rush 49ers. Each station provides photographs, written sources, drawings and QR code links to videos. I've even included a link an animated video I created about the Oregon Trail! The graphic organizer prompts students to explain why each group went westward, what they experienced while traveling, and the impact of their journey.
Your students will be enthralled with voices from the past through this stations activity. Students will visit 8 stations discussing the lives of slaves. Most of the documents come from the stories of those who lived through slavery, and I included a photograph when possible. They will take notes as they visit each station and read the words of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, see the scars of a slave known only as Gordon, and many others. This documents will spark discussion, and peak your students curiosity!
It includes a 1 page historical background handout that introduces the Anaconda Plan and the attack on Fort Sumter. Once the students are aware of the background information, they will investigate the Confederacy and the Union by examining five sources. Although some of the sources provide direct information others require the students to use their decoding and inferencing skills. These documents could be used as stations, or you could hang them around the room for a gallery walk.
By analyzing primary sources relating to six topics (Convict Leasing, Sharecropping, Building Black Communities, Black Leadership, Poll Taxes/Literacy Tests and the Black Codes), students see that the freedom was farther away than most assume. Students determine whether this circumstance lasted longer than the Reconstruction era, and then they add each event to a "spectrum of freedom."
This BUNDLE includes 11 of my most popular stations activities from the first half of U.S. History. All of these stations are made in Google, so they can be assigned to students digitally or utilized in the classroom. There are two different versions included for EVERY ACTIVITY.
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