• Brian Hook

    Graphic organizer that leads students through the powers of the three branches of government, as well as the checks the branches have on one another.

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Any student of American History must have an understanding of the Gettysburg Address - and what better way than to tell them the story behind the speech...

Short biography on Jefferson Davis, including his service in the Mexican-American War, support of John C. Calhoun and the idea of states' rights, and role as President of the Confederate States of America.

This zip file contains three biographies on the Corps of Discovery. The first biography traces the life of Thomas Jefferson, including his role in the formation of political parties in the United States and the purchase of Louisiana in 1803. The second biography focuses on the leadership of Lewis and Clark as they led the Corps of Discovery across Louisiana. The third biography addresses the role the Shoshone woman Sacagawea played in leading the Corps of Discovery to the Pacific.

Short biography on Andrew Jackson, focusing on his childhood and law studies, candidacy in the 1824 and 1828 presidential elections, and service as the seventh President of the United States. Special attention is given to Jackson's role in vetoing the charter of the Second Bank of the United States, the Nullification Crisis of 1832, and removal of the Cherokee Indians from their lands in northern Georgia.

Short biography on Abraham Lincoln, focusing on his debates with Stephen A. Douglas in 1858, his First and Second Inaugural Addresses, and the Gettysburg Address.

No thematic unit on westward expansion and Manifest Destiny is complete without an Oregon Trail journal! This project utilizes PowerPoint to provide an overview of the mountain era and the fur trade. Subsequent slides include "reasons fer goin", "what we bringin' with us," and "might be there's trouble." Students are even encouraged to brainstorm items they might bring along the trail. Once the presentation is complete, viola! Students have a user-friendly reference sheet for their journey.

Short biography on John Brown, an ardent abolitionist who led both the raid of Pottawatomie Creek, Kansas and the attack on Harper's Ferry, Virginia, in October 1859. Brown's intent was to inspire a slave rebellion throughout the South. No slaves rose up, however, and Brown and his followers were quickly captured. Brown was executed on December 2, 1859. His actions, while not causing the Civil War, brought open conflict between the North and South ever closer.

Short biography on William Lloyd Garrison, focusing on his membership in the American Colonization Society, his creation of the abolitionist newspaper The Liberator, and his initial opposition to the policies of Abraham Lincoln.

Short biography on Dred Scott, a slave who sued for his freedom during the 1850s. In 1857, the case was brought before the Supreme Court. The decision, affirmed that the suit had no basis because Scott was not a citizen of the United States. The Court also ruled that Congress could not restrict slavery in US territories, as that would constitute a violation of the Fifth Amendment. Included are a series of questions based on the biography.

Short biography on Susan B. Anthony, focusing on her early involvement in the temperance movement, her friendship with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and her 1871 trial for attempting to vote. Included are a series of questions based on the biography.

Short biography on Lucretia Mott, Short biography on Lucretia Mott, including her early involvement in progressive and abolitionist causes, her role at the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, and her participation in the Free Religious Association of 1867. Included are a series of questions based on the biography.

Short biography on Elizabeth Cady Stanton, focusing on her early experiences as a progressive woman during the 1840s, her relationship with Lucretia Mott, and her participation in the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848. Special attention is given to her role in writing the Declaration of Sentiments. Included are a series of questions based on the biography.

Short biography on Denmark Vesey, focusing on his origins on the West Indian island of St. Thomas, his intent to plot a slave rebellion in South Carolina and subsequent capture during the early 1820s, and his inspiration to the abolitionist cause of the antebellum period in the United States. Included are a series of questions based on the biography.

Having posted a series of biographies on important figures in world history between the Roman Empire and the Age of Enlightenment, I have also chosen to offer these biographies as a single collection. These biographies are a wonderful way of encouraging a deeper connection with the individuals studied in class.

Having posted a series of biographies on important figures in American history between the mid-17th and early 20th centuries, I have also chosen to offer these biographies as a single collection. Visit my page on Teachers Pay Teachers for a closer look!

This mini-unit leads students through an examination of life in the North during the early and mid-1800s.With an emphasis on pay and working conditions in factories, the final portion of the PowerPoint presentation is dedicated to a discussion on emigration to the United States during the early and mid-1800s, as well as how Americans responded to those early waves of immigrants (particularly those from Ireland).

As a culminating assessment on immigration and industrialization in 19th century America, students will create an immigration and industrialization brochure.

It began like the common cold. Within a day, however, fever took over. Black swellings the size of baseballs appeared on the neck and, finally, a highly contagious bloody cough quickly sealed the victim's fate. The accompanying questions - 40 in total - are divided into sections corresponding with sections in the video.

Run for your lives! The end of the world is nigh! This PowerPoint and companion project is a wonderful way to assess understanding of the perceived causes, methods of avoiding, and consequences of the Black Death. The PowerPoint comes with custom animation and sound files to engage your students. For assessment, students will create a poster illustrating what the people of Medieval Europe believed caused the Black Death and - on the reverse - illustrating methods of avoiding it.

An excellent means of ending a U.S. History unit on Andrew Jackson! This mini-project obliges students to create a political cartoon based on a major event/idea related to the presidency of Andrew Jackson

These two political cartoons, both created by Joseph Keppler, pertain to how Americans perceived immigration during the 19th century.

This political cartoon, created by Henry Robinson in 1833, is evidence of Andrew Jackson's popularity in destroying the Second Bank of the United States.

This political cartoon, created by Edward Williams Clay in 1834, is a commentary on the perceived abuses of power committed by Andrew Jackson during his presidency.

"In Memoriam" was created by Thomas Nast in 1877, and was intended as a criticism of Andrew Jackson's practice of granting government positions to friends and supporters. The cartoon bears strong resemblance to a New Orleans statue of Jackson seated atop a horse.

Short biography on Henry IV, the Holy Roman Emperor who was excommunicated by Pope Gregory VII in 1076.