Lesson plans: Hallowed Ground the Civil War in Arkansas Lesson Plan 2016

The purpose of this lesson plan is to introduce students to how the American Civil War impacted in- dividuals and communities in Arkansas economically and socially by an examination of primary sources related to Civil War battles or skirmishes in the state.

Creator: Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

Grades: 5-8 Middle School; 9-12 High School

Time period: Civil War Through the Gilded Age 1861-1900

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Lesson plans: Take the Last Train to Clarksville Lesson Plan 2016

Students will examine primary and secondary sources to learn how the railroad contributed to Arkansas culturally, historically, economically.

Creator: Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

Grades: 5-8 Middle School; 9-12 High School

Time period: Civil War Through the Gilded Age 1861-1900; Early 20th Century 1901-1940 (gr 7-8)

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Lesson plans: Let Freedom Ring Lesson Plan 2016

Objective: To analyze primary sources related to the Freedman’s Bureau in Arkansas and use those sources as a basis for a written argument about the lives of Freedmen in Arkansas after the Civil War.

Creator: Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

Grades: 5-8 Middle School; 9-12 High School

Time period: Civil War Through the Gilded Age 1861-1900

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Lesson plans: Harriet Tubman: Women and the Civil War

Students shall investigate the causes and effects of war in the early history of the United States.

Creator: Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site

Grades: K-4 Elementary School

Time period: Civil War Through the Gilded Age 1861-1900

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Lesson plans: American Indians and the 14th Amendment

OBJECTIVES: Students will examine and understand the meaning of the 14th Amendment as it was written in 1865 and how it is applied in the 20th and 21st centuries to American Indians; Students will examine the legal standing of American Indians before and after the passage of the 14th Amendment; Students will be able to define the changing definition of citizenship in America.

Creator: Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site

Grades: 9-12 High School

Time period: Civil War Through the Gilded Age 1861-1900; Early 20th Century (Progressive Era and WW1) (gr 9-12); Early 20th Century (Great Depression) (gr 9-12); World War II Through the Civil Rights Era 1941-1967

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Lesson plans: Railroad Development Lesson Plan

This unit explores the development of railroads and their impact on the economic development of Arkansas through the use of primary and secondary sources. Students will read newspaper articles and pamphlet excerpts to understand how the railroads affected industry and settlement across the state. A list of various activities related to original primary and secondary resources allows teacher the flexibility to choose parts of this lesson plan to use and adapt to various types of students.

Creator: Arkansas State Archives

Grades: 5-8 Middle School; 9-12 High School

Time period: Civil War Through the Gilded Age 1861-1900

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Lesson plans: Women’s Suffrage Lesson Plan

This unit explores the Women’s Suffrage Movement in Arkansas through the use of primary and secondary sources. Students will read newspaper articles and pamphlet excerpts to understand the goals and history of the movement. A list of various activities related to original primary and secondary resources allows teachers the flexibility to choose parts of this lesson plan to use and adapt as needed.

Creator: Arkansas State Archives

Grades: 5-8 Middle School

Time period: Civil War Through the Gilded Age 1861-1900; Early 20th Century 1901-1940 (gr 7-8)World War II Through the Civil Rights Era 1941-1967Modern Era 1968 to Present)

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Lesson plans: The Fourteenth Amendment

Objective: To analyze the historical meaning of the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and how it is used today.

Creator: Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site

Grades: 9-12 High School

Time period: Civil War Through the Gilded Age 1861-1900; Modern Era 1968 to Present

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Lesson plans: Slave Narratives Lesson Plan

Using this lesson plan, students will examine oral histories with former slaves (“the slave narratives”) collected by the Federal Writers’ Project in the 1930s, to gain an understanding of what life was like for African Americans in slavery and following emancipation in the 19th century. Lesson activities include a group analysis of two FWP narratives using a 5W graphic organizer, and a creative writing exercise constructing a narrative based on the life of an individual mentioned in one of the attached slave sale documents, incorporating relevant details gleaned from reading the FWP narratives.

Creator: Arkansas State Archives

Grades: 5-8 Middle School; 9-12 High School

Time period: Civil War Through the Gilded Age 1861-1900

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Lesson plans: Reconstruction Lesson Plan

This lesson plan explores the lives of various people in Arkansas and the changes their lives went through at the beginning of the Reconstruction Era, and provides images of documents, transcriptions, and online links to primary and secondary resources focusing on the changing rights, racial tensions, and the elections in 1868. Two articles about 1868 racial riots in Conway County, Arkansas, offer students the opportunity contrast varying interpretations of an event, examine how several days with additional information can change a story, and compare it to other race riots in Arkansas and around the world. Students will also examine the 1868 Constitution and laws surrounding the elections to gain a better understanding of the changing rights of citizens. A list of various activities related to the original primary and secondary resources allows teacher the flexibility to choose parts of this lesson plan to use and adapt to the needs of their students. With this lesson plan, students will gain a deeper understanding of how Reconstruction affected the mood, economy and politics of Arkansas and its people.

Creator: Arkansas State Archives

Grades: 5-8 Middle School; 9-12 High School

Time period: Civil War Through the Gilded Age 1861-1900

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