Sunday, November 23, 2014

Comparing Cultures: History Through Primary and Secondary Sources

published on: 3/18/2009

Contributing Teacher(s): Lonna Tucker

Subject Area: Social Studies/World History

Grade Range: Upper Elementary (4-5)

Materials Needed:

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Objective: Analyze documents to compare and contrast the lifestyles and experiences of Native Americans, European American settlers and African American slaves.

Essential Question: Are lifestyles different because of the cultures people come fron?

Instructional Strategy: Evaluating Student Understanding

Process Standards:

  • Goal 1.1 develop questions and ideas to initiate and refine research

Content Standards:

  • Social Studies 6. Relationships of the individual and groups to institutions and cultural traditions

    G.L.E.:

    Time Allowance: 9 hours

    Technological Resources:
    Computers with Internet access

    Extensions:

    Differentiation:
    Do oral activities with students asking them if they noticed a pattern about which cultures were represented by narratives instead of diary entries. Why do they think this pattern exists? What struck you most about the writings? Which of the photographs was most interesting?

    Assessment:
    Pre-Post Test and Analysis Worksheets

    Description: This unit designed to expose students to a number of primary and secondary sources. Using these sources, students will compare and contrast the lives, lifestyles, and experiences of Native Americans, European American settlers, and African American slaves living in 1800's America.

    Comments:


    Classroom Component:

    Title: Comparing Cultures: History Through Primary and Secondary Source

    Product(s) to Submit:

    • Analysis Worksheet 1
    • Analysis Worksheet 2
    • Analysis Worksheet 3
    • Comparison/Contrast essay
    • Audio/Visual
    • Classroom Presentation

    Estimated Instructional Time: 9

    Suggestions/Resources:

    • The "Comparing Cultures: History Through Primary and Secondary Sources" traveling trunk at SWCEE in Webb City, MO contains visuals, manipulatives, and books prepared to complement this unit.

    Lesson Organization:

    • Comparing Cultures: Tracts and Broadsides
    • Comparing Cultures: Toys and Games
    • Comparing Cultures: In their own words
    • Comparing Cultures: Bringing it all together

    Comparing Cultures
    Pretest/Posttest

    Name: __________________________________________† Date: _______________________

    The following resources might be used for information about the Westward Movement. Identify them as either primary or secondary by checking the appropriate column, P for Primary and S for Secondary, or leave both columns blank if the item would not be either a primary or secondary source.

    P

    S

     

     

     

    1. The biography of a former slave.

     

     

    2. A period stone hide scraper used by a Native American.

     

     

    3. A journal article about the impact of the Western Movement on Native American tribes.

     

     

    4. A handbill advertising land in the Dakota Territory.

     

     

    5. A photograph of a settler family standing in front of their soddie in 1874.

     

     

    6. A book about Native American ceremonies written in 1980.

     

     

    7. A copy of an American History textbook.

     

     

    8. A portrait of a Native American painted from life in 1851.

     

     

    9. A guidebook for retracing the Oregon Trail by automobile.

     

     

    10. A title for land purchased by a freed slave in California.

     

     

    11. An 1882 diary entry of a student at the Carlisle Indian School.

     

     

    12. A letter written by a slave child who had been taught to read and write by her masterís daughter.

     

     

    13. A 1935 autobiography written by a woman who traveled by wagon train to Oregon in the 1880ís.

     

     

    14. A copy of the Indian Removal Act of 1830

     

     

    15. A photograph of a Civil War battle reenactment.

    16. Explain why primary sources are especially useful for researching history. (5 points)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Comparing Cultures
    Pretest/Posttest

    Name: __________________________________________† Date: _______________________

    The following resources might be used for information about the Westward Movement. Identify them as either primary or secondary by checking the appropriate column, P for Primary and S for Secondary, or leave both columns blank if the item would not be either a primary or secondary source.

    P

    S

     

     

    X

    1. The biography of a former slave.

    X

     

    2. A period stone hide scraper used by a Native American.

     

    X

    3. A journal article about the impact of the Western Movement on Native American tribes.

    X

     

    4. A handbill advertising land in the Dakota Territory.

    X

     

    5. A photograph of a Nebraska settlerís family standing in front of their soddie home in 1874.

     

    X

    6. A scholarly book about Native American

    For additional information contact :
    Lonna Tucker
    Teaching American History Grants
    Southwest Center for Educational Excellence
    417-673-7078
    EMAIL:
    ltucker@hdnet.k12.mo.us

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