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I have been teaching history for over a decade, and now with so many schools closed, educators teaching virtually, and parents needing to homeschool their children due to the ongoing pandemic, it only seems right to help those who might be struggling to figure out what to do to keep students learning and engaged.

Below are lessons I have developed for my history students. I offer them to you to use free of charge. My only request is that you don't resell them or remove my copyright information.

Annotated Commerce and Culture U.S. Map


As the United States expanded regionalism developed different regions began to specialize in producing different goods and services. Improvements in transportation facilitated this development and contributed to the growing industrialization. In this exercise, you will create an annotated map showing the expansion of transportation systems, development of regional economies, and the interactions that resulted.

Teachers will need an outline map of the United States.

Military Figures and D-Day


For this activity, students will research one the miltary figures provided. Then they will write an expository article and a journal entry from the perspective of their assigned figure. Students will assess the purpose and value of various types of primary and secondary sources. 

This project will take 3 to 4 days.

The Start of the Cold War


For this activity, students will examine two quotes and research the historical context in order to better understand the point of view of each author and the conditions that influenced their conclusions.

This is a one day assignemnt.

Who Was Responsible for Saving the Byzantine Empire?


For this activity, students will read the background information and examine primary sources related to Justinian, Theodora, and Hericlitus I. Then they will conduct some additional research and determine which person was responsible for saving the Byzantine Empire.  Students will have  oral/written and a visual element  to complete. This would work really well as a small group project too.

This is a three-day project with an additional day or two to present.

Alternatively, assign student groups one of the thesis statements listed in the first slide in the attached PowerPoint. Then have student groups research the topic and find evidence to either defend or refute the thesis statement and produce the same oral/written and visual elements as described in the above assignment.

The Crusades Map and Comparison Project


Students will locate important cities, routes and empires on the attached outline map. Then they will research the first four crusades and complete the comparison chart. Finally, they will answer the discussion questions. 

This would work well in the classroom, by allocated one day to complete the map. Then for day two student groups could be assigned a different Crusade to research and then present their findings to the class on day three or four.

Who Was to Blame for the Start of the Cold War?


For this activity, students will take on the perspectives of one of several European countries directly affected by the rivalry between the US and USSAR. They will examine several primary source excerpts related to the early Cold War, research the conditions in their assigned country at the end of WWII, and develop an arguable thesis statement to answer the question. They will prepare a visual and oral deliverable to present to the class, though, this could easily be converted to a written essay or virtual presentation for a virtual classroon setting.

This is a 3 day project with an additional day or two to present.

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