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Unit Topics

Essential Standards


What is history?

Where in the world is NC?

Colonial NC and Native Americans

The American Revolution

The Constitution

The Development of NC and the US (1790 – 1836)

The Causes of the Conflict

The Civil War


The New South and Industrialization

The Progressive Era

World War I

The 1920’s

The Great Depression

World War II

The Cold War

The Civil Rights Movement

Vietnam and the 1960s

Modern America 1972 - Present

Unit Topic / Essential Standard

Concept / Pacing

Essential Questions / Essay
Project Ideas

Essential Information

What is history?

Patterns and Interpretation

A theme throughout NC and US history:

Interpretation and perspective – students need to understand that historians and the general public’s views on history are constantly changing as we get more information and as our culture changes. Viewpoints on events such as Wilmington 1898 and the founding of America by Europeans have dramatically changed over the last 25 years

Why do we study the past?
Can the past truly be known?
What skills best help us uncover the past?
What role do the five strands play in social studies?

What is the difference between history and social studies?

Why is the study of interpretation of political cartoons important to the understanding of social studies?

What part do images play in social studies?

Is it true that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it?

Is history the story told by the "winners" or “losers”?

Students will create a PowerPoint or a collage distinguishing between primary and secondary sources.

5 Themes of Geography
Primary Sources
Secondary Sources
Oral History
Perspective and Bias
5 Strands (Culture, Geography and Environmental Literacy, Civics and Governance, History, Economics and Financial Literacy)

Where in the world is NC?

Common Theme:

Geography is involved in the shaping of individuals and communities and has affected almost every major event.

For example, clearly the environment affected the development of Andrew Jackson and the hilly terrain greatly affected the outcome in several battles i.e. Gettysburg.

Why do people migrate to other regions within NC and the US?

How are NC’s weather patterns interrelated?

Why do people migrate to other within NC and the US?

How is NC’s climate comparable with other regions in the US?

Basic Geography of NC and US
NC borders
NC Counties to know: New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender, Mecklenburg, Wake, Guilford, Dare, Columbus, Buncombe, Onslow
Climate and Weather (hurricanes and tornadoes)
General climate in the major regions of the US
Rivers: Cape Fear, Pee Dee, New River, Neuse River, French Broad River
Sounds: Pamlico and Albemarle
Barrier Islands – “graveyard of the Atlantic”
Population of NC Cities










High Point
US Geography
Mississippi River

Appalachian Mountains

Rocky Mountains

Pacific Oceans

Cities: New York, Chicago, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Los Angles, Dallas, Denver

Colonial NC and Native Americans

Settlement and Colonialism
Common themes throughout NC and US history:
Movement and Settlement – how does this past age of movement compare with other periods in NC and US history?
Immigration causes major changes in a society. How does immigration in the colonial period compare with immigration gains in other periods? Who came and what was their impact?

If the Exploration Period could be done over, could Native Americans and Europeans peacefully coexist?
What were the prevailing attitudes and behaviors exhibited by the European settlers toward the Native American population?
How did governmental corruption and rugged environment affect the governmental development of North Carolina during the colonial period?
Why did North Carolina have such a terrible reputation in the 1700’s?
Create a comic book for the unit rebellions http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/student-interactives/comic-creator-30021.html
Create an illustrated tree map with the following categories:

Major Tribes in NC, Major tribes in US, European Gifts, Native American Gifts, consequences.

Lost Colony

Native Americans

Major tribes (Cherokee, Tuscarora, Catawba, Lumbee, Hatteras)

Columbian Exchange (gifts and diseases)

Native American concept of land ownership v. Europeans

Pirates / Blackbeard

Culpeper’s Rebellion

Cary’s Rebellion

Tuscarora War (1711)

French and Indian War

Origins of Slavery

The American Revolution

Common Themes that appear in this unit that can also be found throughout NC and US History:
Conflict and War. How is this war similar and different to other wars fought in US?
How did the Rev. War and other wars progress or hinder American development?
How has governmental propaganda and the media affected the public’s desire to go to war? (for example, Paul Revere’s portrait of the Boston Massacre and the portrayal of German soldiers during World War I).
Does every revolution have to be violent?
Should the Revolutionary War be called a revolution and why or why not?

Why was winning the French and Indian War the beginning of conflict for the British and the colonists?
How did the Age of Enlightenment play a role in independence?
How were the colonists able to defeat the British, a much stronger adversary?

Create a rhyming, Revolutionary Rap using 20 key terms from the Revolutionary War Era. Students can choose to act out and or sing.

NC Information
NC’s reaction to the Stamp Act (William Houston in Wilmington)

The NC Edenton Tea Party (led by women)

Halifax Resolves

Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge

Battle of Guilford Courthouse

Nathaniel Greene

Declaration of Independence

Taxes (taxation without representation, Proclamation Act, Sugar, Stamp, Townsend, Intolerable Acts)

Boston Massacre / Crispus Attucks

Committees of Correspondence

Boston Tea Party

The Loyalists


Major Leaders:

George Washington

Charles Cornwallis

Thomas Paine

Patrick Henry

Thomas Jefferson

John Adams

Benedict Arnold

Johnny Burgoyne

Major Battles:

Lexington and Concord

Battle of Saratoga / French Alliance

Battle of Yorktown

Southern Campaign (King’s Mountain, Cowpens)

Valley Forge (training)

Modern Day Examples: The Middle East (Egypt)

Industrial Revolution

Technological Revolution

French Revolution

Mexican Revolution

Communist Revolution in Russia

The Constitution

Political Systems and Individual Rights
Common theme throughout NC and US history:
The expansion of rights and freedoms. How has the creation and update of the Constitution brought additional rights to various people and groups?

To what extent is the American government a product of the Enlightenment?
What were the weaknesses in the Articles of confederation? What were the strengths?
Analyze how the three branches of government provide balance and allow for democracy in the United States.
How does a bill become a law?

The US Branches of Government Project

Students will choose or be assigned one of the three branches of government. They are to take that branch and create from construction paper, scissors, glue, and markers/crayons/colored pencils an artistic representation of their branch. The only criteria is that there must be accurate information regarding that branch taken from their notes.
Symbolize through illustration the Bill of Rights. You can have students make a collage, use Microsoft Publisher, or Animoto.

The Enlightenment Period’s influence on our Founders (John Locke)

Articles of Confederation (weak national government, couldn’t tax, Hard to change)

Shays’ Rebellion

Constitutional Convention

Great Compromise

3/5’s Compromise

Ratification Process / Federalist and Antifederalists)

Bill of Rights

3 Branches of Government (checks and balances)

Groups that could not politically participate (women, African Americans, native Americans)

Hugh Williamson and his two proposals at the Convention (both accepted)

NC’s first vote at the state Ratification Convention?

Modern Day Connections


Egypt/Libya / Afghanistan

The Development of NC and the US (1790 – 1836)

Trade and Development
Common These throughout NC and US history:
Development and expansion of transportation dramatically changes a society. How does the expansion of railroads compare with other transportation developments?

How did the development of railroads and canals impact economic growth of NC and the US?
How did the development and expansion of NC and the US negatively affect Native Americans?

Students create a storybook for children describing and illustrating at least 12 events from this unit. Students should put this in language that children could understand. It can be illustrated.

Raleigh as Capital

The Great Awakenings

Rip Van Winkle State – Internal Improvements

Railroad development in NC (Wilmington-Weldon,

NC Gold Rush (1799)

President Washington (Hamilton and Jefferson division – first political parties)

Whiskey Rebellion / Washington’s Farewell Address

John Adams (Alien and Sedition Acts - 1798)

Nat Turner Revolt (1831) and Cotton Gin (1793)

Trail of Tears (1838)

Louisiana Purchase Lewis and Clark (1803)

Andrew Jackson / Nullification Crisis

War of 1812 / Dolly Madison

Other Connections

Exporting and Importing today

Development of India, China, Vietnam, Brazil

The Causes of the great conflict

Conflict and Compromise
Common theme in NC and US history:
How do the causes of the Civil War compare with the causes of other US wars? What are the similarities and what are the differences?
What were the short-term and long-term effects of slavery upon the development of the United States, its founding principles,

To what extent was slavery a “cause” of the Civil War?
What led to the secession of the 11 southern states?
In what ways did the different factions of our nation attempt to reach a compromise?
How was NC a reluctant participant in the Confederacy at the beginning and throughout the Civil War?


Quakers / Levi Coffin /

Underground Railroad (Harriet Tubman)

David Walker’s An Appeal To The Colored Citizens of the World

Hinton Rowan Helper – The Impending

Benjamin Hedrick

John Brown

NC v Mann

Missouri Compromise

Mexican War

Kansas / Nebraska (popular sovereignty)

Dred Scott Case

NC’s original vote against the CSA

CSA / secession

Election of 1860

Fort Sumter



State’s Rights


Uncle Tom’s Cabin

The Civil War

Conflict and War.
How is the Civil War similar and different to other wars fought in US?
How did the Civil War and other wars progress or hinder American development (cultural and governmental changes)?
Compare and contrast Sherman March’s to the Sea with the dropping of the Atomic Bomb.

How did the Civil War have both benefits and cost for the United States?
How was the United States able to defeat the Confederacy?
Was Sherman’s March to the Sea a just method to win the war?
What impact did African Americans and the institution of slavery have upon the Civil War?

Create a Facebook Profile of five major people in the Civil War and five major events. Make sure you have students complete friends and likes for the people and messages that might be on their wall. http://classtools.net/fb/home/page

NC Information
The battle along the Outer Banks and east coast of NC

Governor Zebulon Vance and his fights with Jefferson Davis

William Holden and his Peace Movement

Fort Fisher

Battle of Bentonville
Abraham Lincoln

Jefferson Davis

US Grant

Robert E. Lee

William T. Sherman

54th Massachusetts / Black Soldiers

Bull Run / Manassas



Gettysburg / Gettysburg Address / Turning Point


Advantages, strategies, and goals


Women as spies


Compare and contrast American Revolution

Other Civil Wars (England)

Civil Wars in Africa

Spanish Civil War (1933 – 1936)


Russian Revolution



Common theme found in NC and US history:
The expansion of freedom and civil rights.
How do the gains African Americans made after the Civil War compare and contrast with gains during other periods of American history?
How does this reconstruction period compare with reconstruction periods of other wars the US has been involved with? For example, the US helped Japan, Germany, and Iraq in their reconstruction efforts

What social, economic, and political problems did African Americans face during Reconstruction?
What were the successes and failures of Reconstruction?
Describe how the political environment in 1898 led to the Coup d’état in Wilmington.

NC Information

Governor of NC – William Holden

Kirk/Holden War
Wilmington 1898
Alexander Manly

Coup d’etaat / race riot

The Fusion Movement

Daniel L. Russell – Fusion governor

The White Supremacy

Campaign(political cartoons) / Furnifold M. Simmons

Alfred Moore Waddell

Josephus Daniels – Raleigh News and Observer

Red Shirts

Committee of Colored Citizens

Long-term Effects


US Grant

Lincoln’s Plans / Assassination

Andrew Johnson / Impeachment

Radical Republicans

Process for states to reenter the US

African American Gains during the period (elected to Congress and jobs)

KKK and Redemption

Election of 1876


Black Codes

Carpetbaggers / Scalawags

Freedmen’s Bureau / Education of Freedmen

40 Acres and a Mule

13th / 14th / 15th Amendments
Modern Connection:

Reconstruction efforts into Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya

The New South and Industrialization

Rebirth and Industrialization
Common themes throughout NC and US history:
Technological Advancement in business. How does this industrial period compare and contrast with major technological changes in business during other periods of US history?
How have those changes both helped and hurt American society?

What is the difference between the “old south” and the “new south?”
How did industrialization change the United States and the typical American family?

How did the government respond to the issues created by the Industrial Revolution?

What were the consequences of Jim Crow laws and Plessy v. Ferguson?

NC Information

Defining New South – Henry Grady

Tobacco / Textiles / Furniture

Railroad Expansion

Factory Conditions and low wages / Children

Mill Villages

James B. Duke – American Tobacco Company

R.J. Reynolds – Winston-Salem

Biltmore Estate



Strikes, boycotts, sabotage, and lock outs


Social Darwinism

Gospel of Wealth

Melting Pot

Great Migration

US Information

John D Rockefeller- Oil

Andrew Carnegie-US steel

J P Morgan- Banking

Thomas Edison-electricity

Alexander Graham Bell-Telephone

Henry Ford—Model T and assemble line

Labor vs Management

Knights of Labor

American Federation of Labor




Leisure and sports

Ellis Island

Wounded Knee / Native Americans

Plessy v. Ferguson / Jim Crow

Modern Parallel

Apple in China

The Progressive Era

Common themes in American and US history:
How did this reform period look similar and different to other reforms movements in US history?
What responsibility does the government have to the poor?
What are the positive and negative effects of government intervention into business and labor?
How has government involvement in the protection of civil liberties and civil rights of the people changed American history?

Should an individual be allowed to accumulate as much wealth as possible?

To what extent did women play a significant role in the societal and political changes that characterized this time period?
What responsibility does the government have to the poor?
Why is this period called the Progressive Era and is that title accurate?

NC Information
Poll Taxes / Literacy Tests/ Grandfather Clause
Charles B. Aycock (“Education governor” but part of White Supremacy Campaign)
First Flight – Wright Brothers

Muckrakers = Upton Sinclair - The Jungle, Ida Tarbell, Ida B. Wells, Thomas Nast

Social Reformers = Jane Addams, W.E.B. Dubois/NCAAP, Booker T. Washington / Margret Sanger
Women’s Movement (Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony
Government Reforms

Prohibition / Carry Nation

16th income tax) 17th, (direct election of US senators) 18th (prohibition), and 19th (women voting) Amendments
Secret Ballot / Imitative / Referendum and Recall
Pure Food and Drag Act
Progressive Presidents (Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson)

World War I

Common Themes that appear in this unit that can also be found throughout NC and US History:
Conflict and War. How is this war similar and different to other wars fought in US?
How did World War I and other wars progress or regress American development?
Examine how in times of crisis individual liberties and natural rights are challenged by government and society.
How has governmental propaganda and the media affected the public’s desire to go to war? (for example, Paul Revere’s portrait of the Boston Massacre and the portrayal of German soldiers during World War I).
How do the causes of World War I compare with the causes of other US wars? What are the similarities and what are the differences?

Should a democratic government tolerate dissent during times of war and other crises?

How did Washington’s encouragement of limited foreign entanglement impact future development of American foreign policy?

How did the United States move from neutrality to war in 1917?
Should the United States fight wars to make the world safe for democracy?
Was the Treaty of Versailles a fair and effective settlement for lasting world peace?
What caused the United States to enter World War I in 1917?
Why have many historians argued that the end of World War I was the beginning of World War II?

How did the United States’ entry into the war affect the nations already involved in the conflict?

How did the war impact America’s social, economic, political, and cultural institutions?

Why was President Wilson unable to persuade Congress and America on the Treaty of Versailles and entry into the League of Nations?


Ships built in Wilmington

Training camps: Greene, Bragg, Polk
Key Terms



Trench warfare

Neutrality and Isolationism

Espionage and Sedition Acts


Liberty bonds

Lusitania (sinking)

Sedition Acts

14 points

League of Nations

Treaty of Versailles
Key People
Archduke Ferdinand (assassination)

Woodrow Wilson



The 1920’s went through a major cultural shift – things that had once been deemed improper were now starting to gain acceptance – especially among women. How does the 1920’s compare and contrast with the 1960’s or with modern times?
How do cultural conflicts change American lifestyles and perceptions?
How can new ideas cause social and political backlashes?

Why are the '20s known as the "roaring '20s"?       

In what ways did American life change during the 1920s?

What was the importance of the Harlem Renaissance?

What were the new roles for American women in the 1920s?
What were the effects of growing urbanization in the United States in the 1920s?
In what ways did the 1920s reveal a national conflict over basic values?
What was Prohibition, and how did it affect the nation?

NC Information
Populations in towns (rural to urban – growth of cities in NC)

Industries: cannon towels, largest aluminum factory, and largest underwear plant

NC as the "good road state"

Scopes Monkey Trial / NC and Evolution

Loray Mill Strike

Appalachian National Trail

Marcus Garvey

Charles Lindbergh

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Harding and Coolidge


“A return to Normalcy”

Isolationism (Non-intervention)




The Harlem Renaissance


The Red Scare

Teapot Dome Scandal

Affordable Automobiles

Radio and Movies

The Great Migration

Industrial Growth / Stock Market

Farmers Suffer / Labor Unrest

The Great Depression

How does the Great Depression of the 1930s compare and contrast with the Great Recession of 2008?
What are the responsibilities of government during an economic crisis?
How much debt should the government take on in order to provide assistance and create jobs?
What are the possible benefits and consequences of governmental economic assistance?
How has the role of government in the daily lives of Americans changed throughout history?

Did New Deal policies expedite or delay the end the Great Depression?

What achievements came from the Depression and what setbacks?

Did minorities receive a New Deal in the 1930s?

What were the main causes of the Great Depression?

How did the Great Depression affect the lives of those living in the United States?

What long term effects did the New Deal have on the United States?

Why did citizens allow the federal government to increase its power during the Great Depression?

NC Information:
The Depression and NC farmers

1933 NC Government regulated the use of child labor

Rural Electrification

Eugenics in NC

Blue Ridge Parkway – CCC

Hawley-Smoot Tariff

“rugged individualism”

Dust Bowl



Bonus Army

Buying on the margin / Stock Market

Banking Crisis / Bank Holiday

Court Packing




Deficit Spending

Social Security Act

Fair Labor Standards Act


FDR / New Deal / Fireside Chats

Eleanor Roosevelt
Herbert Hoover
Black Tuesday

Movies and Entertainment

World War II

Conflict and War. How is this war similar and different to other wars fought in US?
How did World War II and other wars progress or regress American development?
How has governmental propaganda and the media affected the public’s desire to go to war? For example, Paul Revere’s portrait of the Boston Massacre and the portrayal of Japanese and German soldiers.
How do the causes of World War II compare with the causes of other US wars? What are the similarities and what are the differences?
How does the Holocaust compare with modern day genocides (Rwanda, Native Americans in US, enslavement of Africans, Yugoslavia)?
What responsibility should/does America have in maintaining or securing human rights for inhabitants of other countries?
Do the ends justify means when fighting a war (atomic bomb)?
Examine how in times of crisis individual liberties and natural rights are challenged by government and society.

How did the rise of fascism affect world events following WW I?
How did American policy toward events in Europe and Asia change over time?
What were the major events and turning points of WWII?
What military strategies did the United States and its allies pursue to defeat the Axis powers in World War II?
What was the Holocaust?
How did Americans at home support the war effort?
Did WW II cause the United States to abandon its non-interventionist policies and if so, was this a good decision?
What effect did the war have on race relations in America?
Should the United States have dropped the atomic bomb on Japan?
How were America and the world different because of the events of World War II?

The Allies
Franklin Roosevelt
Winston Churchill
Joseph Stalin


The USS North Carolina

German Submarines sink hundreds of ships off Cape Hatteras
The 82 Airborne
Camp Lejeune / Cherry Point / Camp Butner
Wilmington Shipyards
German Prisoners of War in Fort Bragg
Appeasement at Munich
The Lend-Lease Act

The Axis Powers

Adolph Hitler
Emperor Hirohito
Benito Mussolini

The European Theater

The Battle of Britain
The Holocaust
North Africa
The Battle of the Bulge
The Fall of Berlin

The Pacific Theater

Pearl Harbor
Island Hopping

The Bataan Death March

The Battle of Midway
The Battle of Iwo Jima
The Battle of Okinawa
The Manhattan Project
VJ Day

Gen Eisenhower

Gen MacArthur
Gen Patton
War on the Home front

Japanese-American Internment

Women and African Americans

The Cold War

How does the military buildup and societal fear during the Cold War compare and contrast with the War on Terror in the 2000’s?
How has the status of being a superpower affected the relations between the U.S. and other nations?
Examine how in times of crisis individual liberties and natural rights are challenged by government and society.

Was containment an effective policy to thwart communist expansion?
In what ways did the domino theory affect American foreign policy during this period?
Should the United States have feared internal and external communism?

How did the United States and the Soviet Union become Cold War adversaries?

Did the Cold War ultimately have a positive or negative impact on the United States?

What was the reaction on the homefront?



Iron Curtain

Containment / Domino Theory

The Marshall Plan

NATO / Warsaw Pact

Harry Truman

Douglas MacAuthor

Joseph McCarthy

John F. Kennedy

Yalta Conference

Soviet Expansion into Europe

Berlin Blockade


The Arms Race

The Korean War

The Red Scare

Bay of Pigs / Cuban Missile Crisis

The Civil Rights Movement

How does the Black Power Movement compare and contrast with the Red Power Movement?
How do the struggles of African Americans compare and contrast with the struggles of Native Americans and women?
Is violence or non-violence the most effective means to achieve social change?
How does the Civil Rights Movement compare with the Occupy Movement of 2011 and 2012 or with other movements in American history?
To what degree has equality been achieved in America?

What were the origins of the Civil Rights Movement?
How did the Civil Rights Movement change America?
Who were the key leaders and organizations of the Civil Rights movement?
How does the Civil Rights Movement for African Americans compare and contrast with the push for black equality today?

How did the philosophical shift toward more militant tactics impact the outcome of the Civil Rights Movement?

Has Martin Luther King’s dream been realized in today’s society?

NC Information:
SNCC / The Greensboro sit-ins

The Lumbees Face the Klan


Jim Crow


Black Power


Thurgood Marshall

Martin Luther King / Nonviolence

Rosa Parks

Malcolm X

Plessy v. Ferguson / Separate but equal

Brown v. Board of Education

The Little Rock 9

Freedom Rides


March on Washington

Assassination of MLK

Civil Rights Act of 1964 & 1965

Vietnam and the 1960s

How does the Vietnam war compare and contrast with the American Revolution and the war in Iraq / Afghanistan?
How did Vietnam and other wars progress or regress American development?
How has governmental propaganda and the media affected the public’s desire to go to war? For example, Paul Revere’s portrait of the Boston Massacre and the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and America’s fear of Communism.
How do the causes of Vietnam compare with the causes of other US wars? What are the similarities and what are the differences?

Under what circumstances should the president or

Congress declare war?
To what extent is it democratic to protest your

government during war?

Was the Vietnam War winnable? If so, how? If

not, why not?

What lessons did the US learn or not learn from the

Vietnam War?

What was the counterculture, and what impact did it have on American society?
Should the United States torture in order to try and get information that might protect our nation?


Fort Bragg / Camp Lejune

Key Figures

Ho Chi Minh

Ngo Dinh Diem

John F. Kennedy

Lyndon B. Johnson

Henry Kissinger

Richard M. Nixon

General William Westmoreland

Viet Cong

Key Terms



Domino Theory

Agent Orange

Draft/Draft Deferments

Protest / Peace Movement

Music / Drug Culture

26th Amendment

Key Events

Gulf of Tonkin

The Tet Offensive

Anti-War Movement/Peace Movement


Kent State

My Lai Massacre

Pentagon Papers/Daniel Ellsberg

Fall of Saigon

Watergate and the Modern Era

Have government officials always acted in corrupt manners or has the increase in media attention brought more exposure to political misdeeds?
Examine how in times of crisis individual liberties and natural rights are challenged by government and society.

How far should the government go to secure protection for its citizens?

How did the Watergate scandal transform the public’s opinion of American politics and politicians?
Was the Watergate scandal a sign of strength or weakness in the United States system of government?
How did the Watergate events cause the American people to view the position of the presidency differently?
What were the successes and failures of the Jimmy Carter Administration?
What spurred the rise of conservatism in the late 1970s and early 1980s?
How were Americans impacted by the policies of Reaganomics?
How did Reagan’s aggressive foreign policy lead to a shift in American-Soviet relations?
How did the Cold War come to an end?
How has the growing global economy impacted U.S. business and labor?
How has the War on Terrorism impacted


Why was the United States attacked on 9/11?

Did the United States win the Cold War?
How well have U.S. foreign policy decisions met the challenges of the global age?
What debates have arisen since 9/11 about how to balance security while preserving American ideals?

Nixon and Domestic Issues
Topic 1: The Supreme Court

Topic 2: The Nixon Economy

Topic 3: Watergate
Ford, Carter, and Reagan
Topic 1: Gerald Ford

Topic 2: Jimmy Carter

Topic 3: Ronald Reagan

Moving into a New Millennium

Topic 1: George Bush

Topic 2: Bill Clinton

Topic 3: 9/11 and George W. Bush

Topic 4: The Changing American Society

Social Studies Project Ideas



Campaign speech

Comedy act









Comedy sketch







A Travelog



Bulleted chart

Bulletin board



A Survey



Classified ad

Comic book

Creative writing



Group discussion

Interactive slides


Mock interview

Mock trial


News broadcast

Oral report

Panel discussion





TV Commentary




Field trip







Puppet show


Relief map



Sports event


Suitcase of artifacts

Talent show



Comic strip

A Timeline

Crossword puzzle


Family tree


Flannel board

Flip chart

Flow chart


Greeting card

Hidden picture



Jigsaw puzzle





Photo album

Photo essay

Political cartoon


Quote chart






A Resume

Evaluation checklist

Evaluation grid


Fact file

Fairy tale



Job description


A Recipe







Musical score








Useful Resource Internet Links

http://teachinghistory.org/ - The following link will take you to a site that was designed by George Mason to help teachers with American history topics. There is on-line professional development, teaching ideas, and all sorts of historical information. George Mason got a seven-million dollar grant from the US Government.

http://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/flASH/ (newspaper headlines from across the globe).

All of this teacher’s videos are posted on this YouTube link:

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=historyteachers#g/u - You Tube is an excellent website for raps, documentaries, and history clips.

Submit a lesson plan for money! Or get lesson plan ideas – some are free and some cost a small amount of money. http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/5-Dollars-or-Less-Store/?seltype=3&gd=0&gdl=5&sb=42&vw

Excellent US History Lesson Plans that are connected with primary sources:


NY Regents - http://www.nysedregents.org/ - Excellent source for US, World, and Civics standardized questions.

The Civics Consortium - http://www.civics.unc.edu/ Great website for lesson plans and resources for civics and history

http://www.gilderlehrman.org – Primary and secondary US history resources and lesson plans.

Primary Sources (a list of the top primary source websites) - http://teachingamericanhistory2011.wordpress.com/

http://www.historyteacher.net/ Great resource for PowerPoints, articles, and other social studies links. Information and resources for almost every social studies content area.

I-Tunes University – video courses of all kinds of social studies subjects

http://www.procon.org/ - this site promotes critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship. It presents controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, primarily pro-con format.

http://jeopardylabs.com – create a jeopardy game for your students.

http://www.learnnc.org/nchistory/ - A digital history of North Carolina – excellent history text. They are working on one for Civics.

http://life.time.com/history/ (Life Magazine history covers)

http://ascd.typepad.com/blog/2008/09/bookmark-this-f.html - The “100 Best Speeches in US History.” This site allows you to listen to each one.
National Archives - http://www.archives.gov/education

http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/ - A Digital US History book…

http://www.wga.hu/index.html The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture of the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romanticism and Realism periods (1100-1850), currently containing over 21.300 reproductions. Picture commentaries, artist biographies are available. Guided tours, period music, catalogue, free postcard and other services are provided. Follow the link below...

SAS Curriculum Pathways - Over 20,000 teachers in over 1,200 traditional schools and 40 charter schools are using SAS Curriculum Pathways - online educational resources made available at no charge to schools. SAS Curriculum Pathways provides standards-based content for middle and high schools in core academic disciplines - English, mathematics, social studies, science and Spanish. The product offers more than 1,200 academic resources, including lessons, engaging activities and interactive teaching tools, plus links to more than 4,000 academically appropriate websites. For more information, including how to take advantage of this resource, visit http://www.sas.com/govedu/edu/curriculum/index.html 

http://www.icivics.org/games/supreme-decision - Excellent website on civics and economics – designed more for elementary students, but it could be useful at the middle and high school levels. There are games and very good videos on the Constitution, Bill of Rights, the three branches of government, and financial literacy.

http://www.curriki.org/ - Social Studies Lesson Plans

http://www.besthistorysites.net/ -

Digital History Map - This might be helpful for you and your students.  It is a searchable database:  http://collections.lib.uwm.edu/cdm4/search.php?CISOROOT=/agdm

The Dirksen Congressional Center recently announced the completion of the Editorial Cartoon Collection project: http://www.congresslink.org/cartoons/index.htm. The editorial cartoons and related lesson plans from The Dirksen Center will teach students to identify issues, analyze symbols, acknowledge the need for background knowledge, recognize stereotypes and caricatures, think critically, and appreciate the role of irony and humor.

http://www.picturehistory.com/misc/about.html - An extensive collection of American History photographs.

This site has a large collection of primary source documents and it also offers document based questions.


DonorsChoose.org - This website has made national news this year since the economy has turned sour. It was started by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and lots of teachers have received some much needed classroom resources.

This site offers an extensive collection of United States history primary source documents from 1400’s to the present.


Educator’s Reference Desk (maintained by the University of Washington) has Social Studies lesson plans, by subject area including service learning, folklore, etc. – connected to all subject areas: http://www.eduref.org/cgibin/res.cgi/Subjects/Social_Studies

University of Missouri, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Missouri Department of Higher Education have collaborated to produce programs and resources by topic: http://www.emints.org/ethemes/index.shtml

eTHEMES compiles websites as resources for student use – uses graduate students as scouts to evaluate appropriateness

http://www.emints.org/ethemes/resources/by-grade.shtml Listing of student appropriate websites by grade level and by theme/ subject

Free site that allows you and your students to make electronic flash cards

Here you will find resources to support the implementation of the new K-12 Social Studies Essential Standards, FAQs, and contact information for the NCDPI K-12 Social Studies staff. This is not a collaborative site; however, you do not have to be a member in order to access the information here: http://ssnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Home

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