Pre-Civil War America – Slavery & The Underground Railroad

8th grade, artifacts, civil war, keil hileman, slavery

Keil's lesson focuses on providing students a sense of what pre-Civil War America was like for African Americans. The lesson looks at their lives, challenges and situations by examining the Underground Railroad, doing research and studying real slave trade artifacts.


Sit Down Quiz

8th grade, alamo, assessment, keil hileman, mexican-american war, quiz

Keil uses a strategy called "Sit Down Quiz" to measure student learning, activate prior knowledge and share new information. At the end of the video, you can see the number and variety of artifacts that Keil has in his room in addition to the 32 8th graders.

Kiel Hileman - Fort McHenry Flag

8th grade, flag, fort mchenry, keil hileman, US history, war of 1812

Keil uses both a smaller replica and a full-size version of the flag that flew over Fort McHenry to engage students in content. During this short clip, Keil also shares new information and activates prior knowledge. This is a great example of how to use historical artifacts to deliver content!