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20th Century Civil Rights Movement Documentary: A Multimedia Project

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Groups collaborate to create historical documentaries. In this American Civil Rights lesson, groups research primary and secondary sources about the events and people pertinent to the movement in the 1950s and 1960s. They then use...
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The Role of The Jungle in the Early 20th Century

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Study the origins of investigative journalism with a lesson on inquiry, audience, and evidence. Class members examine passages from Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, the Reynolds report on the conditions in Chicago stockyards in Chicago, and...
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Chronology: Civil Rights in the 20th Century

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Test pupils' knowlege of history and the way civil rights movements unfolded using a series of images. With a primary source analysis activity, scholars practice their chronology and deductive reasoning skills. They use their knowledge...
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Racial discrimination against the Chinese in the late 19th and early 20th centuries

For Teachers 10th - 11th
Students examine the stereotypes of Chinese immigrants to Australia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They evaluate the validity of these stereotypes and investigate various pieces of legislation that discriminated against the...
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Arkansas' Top Ten Events of the Century....Says Who? Why? Deciding What is Important in History

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Middle and high schoolers work in small groups to compare four different lists published in the Arkansas Times newspaper which chose the "top ten" Arkansas news events of the 20th century. Learners look for similarities and differences...
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Reporting Live from the 20th Century!

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Learners read and write newspaper articles. In this newspaper article writing activity, students collect and share current news articles, examine how they are written, then choose an event from the 20th century and write their own news...
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Vaudeville: Mass Entertainment at the Turn of the 20th

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Investigate how vaudeville was one of the most popular forms of entertainment at the turn of the 20th century. High schoolers conduct Internet research and identify the characteristics of vaudeville, then write a five page paper...
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Social Movements of the 20th Century

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders study the social movements of the 20th century. In this social movements lesson, 6th graders discuss social unrest, review social and political movements of the 20th century, and discuss the main movements for unrest....
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Decades of the 20th Century Project

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers research, classify and explain the great achievements of the 20th Century by presenting the highlights of (a decade / two decades) while working in cooperative groups.
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Political Events and Summer Olympic Games

For Teachers 5th - 7th
During an Olympics year, the world joins together to celebrate athleticism, patriotism, and history. Learn about the Olympiads of the 20th century with a research project in which groups research one year's Olympic Games. They note the...
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Fashion: 20th Century to the Present

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students explore fashion through the 20th Century. They create a poster about their assigned era. Students teach their classmates about the fashion of the assigned period. They describe the fashion trends, current events, popular music...
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20th Century Spelling Test

For Students 6th - 7th
In this spelling test worksheet, students practice spelling words related to important events from the 20th century. Students spell 10 words.
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Changes Between the 19th and 20th Centuries In The U.S.

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers identify any patterns or differences that emerge in political, economic, environmental, and social history after comparing the events and historical processes between one period and another in the same civilization. They...
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Photo Story/Video: Immigrant Experience in the Late 19th and Early 20th Century

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Students consider the plight of immigrants. In this 19th and 20th century history lesson, students create digital stories using photographs and audio files from the Library of Congress that feature the experiences of immigrants to...
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A Walk Through the 20th Century

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners use primary and secondary sources to study the literature, historical events, people, technology, medicine, government, entertainment and culture of the decades of the twentieth century.
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Modern Interpretations

For Teachers 4th - 8th
To conclude an eight-lesson study of the events that occurred in the early colonial period in Deerfield, Massachussetss, class members evaluate the point of view and bias found in late 19th and early 20th century retellings.
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Refugees from the Caribbean: Cuban and Haitian “Boat People”

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Should refugees fleeing poverty be allowed the same entrance into the United States as those fleeing persecution? High schoolers read about US foreign policy in the late 20th century regarding refugees from Cuba and Haiti, and engage in...
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Events and Effects of World War I

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders explore the main events, key people, outcomes and lasting effects of World War I. They research the lasting effects of World War I on the 20th Century and discuss the Treaty of Versailles and its effects on Germany.
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Doing Things the Wright Way

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students investigate 20th century inventions in order to examine how inventions reflect the historical events during which they were developed an
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Eyewitness to History

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students explore historical connections, talking with family members about landmark events they have witnessed in their lifetimes to explore how history touches our lives. They identify several landmark events of the late 20th century.
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Social Studies, Music, The Blues, Urbanization, and Technology

For Teachers 4th - 9th
Enable students to use the blues to explore urbanization, technology, and their effects on everyday life in the 20th century. Musicians were among the large number of people who, between 1914 and 1945, participated in the Great Migration...
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Time in a Capsule

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners analyze the meaning and process of categorizing items, people and events as 'the best.' students then defend pieces of literature, images, and sounds that they feel most represent 'the best of the 20th century.'
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Twentieth Century Entertainment: When Work is Done

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students determine how Americans enjoy leisure time. In this 20th century America lesson, students research primary sources to study how Americans gained leisure time during the century and what they did with it.
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Gunpowder And The Explosion Of World War

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students discover the role of technology in 20th century conflicts. In this technological advancement lesson, students research how World War I, World War II, Vietnam, and the War in Iraq were fought. Students compose essays that...

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