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Scaffolded Reading of "Drawing of an African Burial Ground Grave In Situ"
This brief activity leads students through analysis of an archaeologist's sketch of the grave of an African buried in colonial New York.
Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement (1621-1750)
Lessons in Looking: Contraband in Paintings
In this activity students analyze Theodor Kaufmann's 1867 painting On to Liberty. Students practice finding information and making inferences based on the painting by completing a graphic organizer. Then students read a descriptive paragraph of the [...]
Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction (1861-1877)
Debating Immigration Restriction: The Ellis Island Era
In this activity, students consider arguments for and against unrestricted immigration during the Ellis Island era. Students analyze political cartoons, letters, newspaper articles, posters, and other sources, noting evidence in the documents to [...]
Tags: Common Core Reading, Group Work, Lessons in Looking, Reading Supports, Role Play and Debate, Using Political Cartoons
Historical Era: Industrialization and Expansion (1877-1913)