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There are 17 web lessons. Displaying lessons 1 through 17.
Were Segregation Laws Fair?

Understand the freedoms and rights promised to African Americans were slowly taken away after Reconstruction, and it would take years to win them back.

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Letters from Vietnam

Everyday Americans responded to armed conflict by viewing experience through a variety of perspectives, including the lenses of their environment, its impact on their health, and the community of combat shared... [more]


How far have we come in the “Freedom Struggle”?

The student will gain a deeper appreciation for the sacrifices made to achieve fundamental rights in our society. They will also analyze how far we’ve come and explore what more needs to be done in the "Freedom... [more]


Art of Cynicism

The student will analyze selected pieces of art and infer how they reflect a sense of disillusionment, and/or cynicism in American society in the aftermath of the Vietnam War and Watergate scandal. When the lesson is complete, the students will be able to place cultural attitudes of recent... [more]


Cultural Impact of Jim Crow Laws and the Civil Rights Movement
  • The student will make connections between cultural norms and their own lives.
  • The student will understand the impact of Jim Crow laws and make inferences about the impact of the laws on both African Americans and whites.
  • The students will understand the impact of Civil Rights... [more]

Hiroshima, From All Sides

  • Students will understand how the “Atomic Bomb” affected humanity and ended WWII.
  • Students will understand how the “Atomic Bomb” affected: scientists, Japanese citizens, and US leaders.... [more]

McCarthysim

Impact of the Cold War at home

  • The fear of communism and the threat of nuclear war affected American life throughout the Cold War.
  • Senator Joseph McCarthy played on American fears of communism by recklessly accusing many American governmental officials and citizens of being... [more]

Integration of Education

Students will explore the history of Civil Rights. How did the struggle for Civil Rights, “the “Second Reconstruction,” transform society and politics in the United States in the 1950s? Specifically, why are American Schools integrated today? How did Virginia respond to the Supreme Court... [more]


American Foreign Policy Since World War II (The Cold War)

Students will be introduced to some key figures and major events during the Cold War era.


Topics Covered:

  • Korean War
  • Vietnam
  • Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Bay of Pigs Invasion
  • United States/China Cold War... [more]

Truman’s Foreign Policy Decisions

As President, Harry S. Truman made bold foreign policy decisions which still affect us... [more]


Integration of Education and American Society

Students will explore the history of Civil Rights. How did the struggle for Civil Rights, “the “Second Reconstruction” transform society and politics in the United States in the 1950s? Specifically, why are American Schools integrated today? How did Virginia respond to the Supreme Court... [more]


Reconstruction

Students will be able to explain how the Civil War and Reconstruction both solved and created problems for our nation.


  • Students will understand how Reconstruction caused a further decline in relations between the North & South.
  • Students will understand that racism has been... [more]

The Story of the American Indians

This lesson introduces the concept that Indians adapted to the areas of the American continents in which they were located. The students will study and compare the different American Indians tribes, their rituals, daily lives, and their impact on the Europeans who came later to the... [more]


America's Civil Rights Movement

African Americans, working through the Court system and mass protest, reshaped public opinion and secured the passage of civil rights... [more]


History by Heroes

Concept is change. Students will select and become one of the presidents of the United States between 1877 and the present. Each student will study one president. He/she will study short biographies, inaugural address, political cartoons, and editorials about the president, the significant... [more]


The foreign and domestic policies of Lyndon B. Johnson

As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:


  • Evaluate the successes and failures of LBJ's domestic and foreign policies

  • Formulate historical questions and defend findings based on inquiry and interpretation

  • Evaluate the authenticity, authority, and... [more]

Civil Rights Movement



  • The Civil Rights Movement resulted in legislation that ensured constitutional rights to all citizens regardless of race.

  • African Americans, working through the court system and mass protest, reshaped public opinion and secured the passage of civil rights... [more]