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A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn. This writer, professor and activist presents American history from a new perspective -- not just focusing on the big events and the big names, but all of the forgotten people who helped to shape our nation. This should be included in all middle and high school history classes.

The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the use of Howard Zinn’s best-selling book A People’s History of the United States and other materials for teaching a people’s history in middle and high school classrooms across the country. The website offers more than 100 free, downloadable lessons and articles organized by theme, time period, and reading level.

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Social Studies and Art Integration

Social Studies and Art Integration Great ideas that can be used for any grade, especially when studying another culture.

108 short, free, online, high school U.S. History videos. They say when you finish the course, you are well prepared to pass the college U.S. History CLEP exam. http://education-portal.com/academy/course/us-history-i.html

Today, Craig is going to talk about political parties and their role in American politics. So, when most people think about political parties they associate ...

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American Revolution: Continentals v. British Interactive Notebook

This mini unit compares and contrasts the Continental Army and the British Army during the American Revolution. This was made to be used in an interactive notebook, but it can it can be used anywhere. This lesson follows a Launch, Explore, Summary format.

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Civil War Creative Review Activity

This Civil War review activity has students demonstrate knowledge of the Civil War's people and events by completing a news headlines and preview activity with written and visual components (instructions are very clearly detailed in the handout). Examples are included to get the students on the right track. This can be modified to be an individual or pairs activity. The rubric is included but the point values are blank to accommodate your own grading system.

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Healthy Meals for Athletes

Ask students to explore their own feelings or have them imagine themselves as someone from the past who can shed light on an aspect of African American history. Have the students write as those people, capturing the voice, context and issues of the persons they choose.