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U.S. History ACTIVITIES Bundle: From Exploration to the 1980s (100+ Activities!)

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Check out this bundle of my favorite activities from my American History course—from pre-colonization through the 1980s! Get students active and engaged with these student-centered ACTIVITIES ranging from the 1600s-1980s!

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Worksheets/Reading Activities

  • Native Americans and America Before Columbus Readings & Group Activity
  • Settling Jamestown Primary Source Worksheet
  • Enlightenment Influence on the American Revolution Worksheet
  • American Revolution Warm-Up Readings (7)
  • Patriots’ Primary Sources: Patrick Henry and Thomas Paine
  • Guns and Ships Lyrics Analysis (from Hamilton the Musical)
  • Washington’s Farewell Address (Group Jigsaw)
  • Alien and Sedition Acts Worksheet
  • Understanding Judicial Review: What if it didn’t exist?
  • Frontier Experiences on the American West Readings
  • Texas Annexation Debates Worksheet
  • Opposition to the Mexican-American War Readings
  • Compromise of 1850: Notes + Worksheet/Role-Taking Perspective Activity
  • Reading on Battle of Little Bighorn and Massacre at Wounded Knee
  • 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)
  • Martin Luther King's "Beyond Vietnam" Speech
  • Warren Court: Learn the Miranda v. Arizona, Escobedo v. Illinois, Engel v. Vitale, and Tinker v. Des Moines Supreme Court Cases

Stations/Gallery Walks/Document Packets

  • Race, Slavery, and Violence in the American Colonies
  • Remembering the American Revolution Stations
  • Lewis and Clark/Corps of Discovery: Gallery Walk/Stations Activity
  • Market Revolution and American System Gallery Walk
  • Civil War Politics STATIONS: Draft Riots, Greenbacks, Emancipation Proclamation, etc.
  • Reconstruction Stations, Handout, and Key: Amendments, Jim Crow, etc.
  • Native Americans: Dawes Act, Wounded Knee, Little Bighorn: Notes, Worksheets, and Stations
  • Chinese Immigration & Anti-Chinese Xenophobia in the American West
  • 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
  • Cold War on the U.S. Home Front: Red Scare, Space Race, etc.
  • 1960s Protest Gallery: Comparing the Anti-Vietnam War and Civil Rights Movements
  • Protests Against the Vietnam War
  • 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.

Projects/Creative Activities

  • French and Indian War Movie Poster Activity
  • American Colonies Real Estate Agent Infomercials with Slides & Guided Notes
  • Firebrand Business Cards – Advertise for American Patriots
  • American Revolution Project: African Americans/Native Americans/Women/Spies
  • Grade the Articles of Confederation! Student Project Assessing the Early Gov
  • Constitutional Issues: Comparing the Convention to Today’s Issues
  • Critical Period Editorial or Political Cartoon Activity and Rubric
  • Election of 1824: John Quincy Adams v Jackson Presidential Stump Speech Activity
  • Sectionalism Rap Battle in the Antebellum: North vs. South vs. West in the 1800s
  • Antebellum Presidents Campaign Activity: Harrison, Tyler, Polk, Taylor, etc.
  • Abolitionist Propaganda Group Activity: Douglass, Garrison, Walker, Jacobs w/ NOTES
  • Gold Rush Newspaper: Teaching the Forty-Niners
  • Antebellum Project! Essay, Newscast, Magazine, Timeline of the 1820s-1850s
  • Ranking the Presidents: Research + Creative Activity for Presidential Legacies
  • 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 (plus Notes & Primary Source Worksheet)
  • 1980s Video Project: Reaganomics, Berlin Wall, Iran-Contra Affair, Chernobyl, & more!

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

Simulations/Collaborative Learning

  • Make Your Own Mayflower Compact
  • Joint Stock Company Simulation
  • Founding Fathers DEBATE: Heroes or Traitors?
  • Investigating the Burr v. Hamilton Duel—STUDENT DETECTIVES
  • 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

Political Cartoon Analysis Activities

  • Monroe Doctrine Political Cartoon Analysis & Era of Good Feelings NOTES
  • Andrew Jackson: 8 Political Cartoons Analysis-Stations/Gallery Walk, Jigsaw
  • Emancipation Proclamation Political Cartoon Analysis
  • 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

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!

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

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 9–10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for reflection and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for reflection and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.


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