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U.S. History 1880s-1980s ACTIVITIES Bundle! 40+ Projects, Stations, Wkshts, etc

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Check out this bundle of my favorite activities from my American History course—from pre-colonization through Reconstruction! Get students active and engaged with these student-centered ACTIVITIES ranging from the 1880s-1980s!

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12 Worksheets/Reading Activities

  • Labor in the Gilded Age: Primary Source analysis for Workers’ Unions & Big Business
  • Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: Students Tweet as Eyewitnesses
  • "Shut the Door" Nativist/Anti-Immigrant Speech from the 1920s
  • United States v. Susan B. Anthony Court Case Worksheet + Creative Postcard Summary
  • Progressive Amendment Worksheet: 16th, 17th, 18th, & 19th Amendments (FREE!)
  • Introductory Worksheet to the Progressive Era on Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle and Carrie Nation’s work in Prohibition/Temperance
  • Understanding World War I Reading (Covers the causes of WWI like alliances, militarism, imperialism, etc.)
  • W.E.B. Du Bois's "Close Ranks" & Writings about African Americans in WWI
  • Helen Keller's "Strike Against the War" Anti-WWI Speech
  • Treatment of American Veterans Reading and Research Activity (Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, and Vietnam War)
  • Cold War Primary Source Worksheet & Key (Iron Curtain, Truman Doctrine, and Soviet Perspective)
  • Warren Court: Learn the Miranda v. Arizona, Escobedo v. Illinois, Engel v. Vitale, and Tinker v. Des Moines Supreme Court Cases
  • Cesar Chavez & the United Farm Workers Primary Source Analysis Worksheet

12 Stations/Gallery Walks/Document Packets

  • Reconstruction Stations, Handout & KEY: Amendments, Jim Crow, etc
  • Native Americans: Dawes Act, Wounded Knee, Little Bighorn: Notes, Worksheets, and Stations
  • Analyzing Imperialism: Carousel/Stations on the Spanish-American War and more
  • The American Homefront During WWI Stations
  • Great Depression Photo Analysis/Gallery Walk
  • Japanese American Internment Camps Stations/Gallery Walk Activity
  • Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima & Nagasaki Stations
  • The American Homefront During Cold War Stations
  • 1960s Protest Gallery: Comparing the Anti-Vietnam War and Civil Rights Movements
  • Vietnam War Protest Movement Stations (SNCC, Muhammad Ali, Draft Resistance, Kent State, etc)
  • Latinx Civil Rights Movement Gallery Walk and Guided Notes
  • Women’s Movement: Notes, Worksheet & Key, and Stations Activity on the ERA, Roe v. Wade, etc.

8 Projects/Creative Activities

  • Robber Barons Social Media Influencers: Gilded Age Activity/Project
  • Big Stick Diplomacy Performances: Roosevelt and Cuba, Panama, and the Philippines
  • Life Under Jim Crow: Museum Exhibit About Segregation Project
  • Progressive Era Project: Report Card for Reformers
  • Progressive Era: Intro Worksheet, Notes, and Progressive Reformers Dialogue Project
  • Great Depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and the New Deal Tic Tac Toe Project
  • Korean War Photo Captions Activity (with Notes & Primary Source Worksheet)
  • 1980s Video Project: Reaganomics, Berlin Wall, Iran-Contra Affair, Chernobyl, & more!

4 Writing Assignments

  • “How It Feels to Be Colored Me” by Zora Neale Hurston: Harlem Renaissance Creative Writing Activity
  • Writing About Pearl Harbor Creative Writing Activity
  • Cold War Research Paper: Compare and Contrast Conflict in Cuba, Berlin, Vietnam, and/or Korea
  • History of the Vietnam War Reading + Analysis + Creative Writing Activity

3 Simulations/Collaborative Learning

  • Are You a Robber Baron? Personality Quiz (+ notes!)
  • Civil Rights and Anti-Vietnam War Protest Groups: Era of Social Change Woodstock Reformers Simulation
  • Give Advice to Kennedy in the Cuban Missile Crisis: Role-Playing Simulation

4 Political Cartoon Analysis Activities

  • Gilded Age Political Machines Cartoon Analysis (Boss Tweed, Tammany Hall)
  • Nativism Political Cartoon Analysis: Anti-Immigrant Sentiment in the Gilded Age
  • Women's Suffrage Movement Cartoon Analysis
  • Vietnam War Political Cartoon Analysis

I LOVE designing student-centered activities for my students. Use these ready-to-go activities in your classroom!

My teaching style involves a short, teacher-centered introduction of content before letting students dive into the material themselves. This is great for students' learning--but means a LOT of planning and lesson-designing from me. Use these activities in your American History classroom and save yourself lots of time!

I've also included a "Teacher Tips" document as a bonus file listing the order I'd use these assignments & other suggestions.

Topics covered:

· Reconstruction amendments (13th, 14th, 15th)

· Freedmen’s Bureau

· Jim Crow segregation

· Dawes Act

· Massacre at Wounded Knee and Battle of Little Bighorn

· Boss Tweed, Tammany Hall, and political machines/corruption in the Gilded Age

· Labor Unions

· Nativism

· Robber barons/captains of industry and the rise of big business

· Vertical and horizontal integration

· Monopolies and trust-busting

· Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire

· Susan B. Anthony and the women’s suffrage movement

· Progressive Amendments (16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th Amendments)

· Spanish-American War

· American imperialism and anti-imperialism

· Big Stick Diplomacy

· Harlem Renaissance

· Progressive Era Movements

· Muckrakers

· Causes of World War I

· America & WWI: Bonds, the draft, Schenck v. United States, etc.

· Great Depression

· The New Deal

· Japanese American Internment

· Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima & Nagasaki in WWII

· Cold War conflicts in Korea, Cuba, Vietnam

· Red Scare

· Space Race, Sputnik, and science education

· McCarthyism and HUAC

· Growth of the Suburbs, Baby Boom

· Iron Curtain

· Truman Doctrine

· Korean War

· Cuban Missile Crisis

· Vietnam War

· Anti-Vietnam War movement

· Civil Rights Movement

· Latinx Movement & Cesar Chavez

· Reform groups like Women Strike for Peace, the Brown Berets, the Black Panthers, SNCC, CORE, and more

· The Warren Court

· Second Wave Feminism and the Equal Rights Amendment, The Feminine Mystique, Roe v. Wade, etc.

· Conservatism and Reaganomics

Check out the previews of the various resources to see some of the great activities you'll get!

Note: Files are generally PDFs or ZIP files including PDFs!


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Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 9–10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.
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