What does a western community look like?

leavenworth, mactavish, primary sources, west, wiebe

Dr. Bruce MacTavish from Washburn University and Glenn Wiebe of ESSDACK presented information and strategies to help teachers understand how Western communities developed and what those communities were like.

Introduction to the Lewis and Clark Expedition

8th grade, corps of discovery, lewis and clark, mike sabala, primary sources

The students will realize the magnitude of Corps of Discovery’s mission and use Thomas Jefferson's letter to Captain Lewis to understand the Corps oobjectives

A Walk Through the American West

8th grade, deb o'brien, primary sources, railroads

Introduction to the Industrial Revolution

8th grade, industrial revolution, primary sources, sharon quinn


Slavery Rebellion and Consequences

8th grade, mike meyer, primary sources, slavery, wordle


Civil War Medicine: The Minnie Ball and the Surgeon

8th grade, civil war, medicine, nathan mcalister, primary sources


Sarah and Angelina Grimke: Advocates for Abolition and Women’s Rights

8th grade, jody lubbers, primary sources, speech, womens rights

Jody''s lesson is designed to give students an overview of the work that Sarah and Angelina Grimke did for the cause of abolition and women’s rights.

Reconstruction: Analyzing Political Cartoons

8th grade, cartoons, darrel knoll, primary sources, reconstruction


My News of the Industrial Revolution

5th grade, industrial revolution, leslie krug, newspapers, primary sources


Leslie's lesson is designed to give students an in-depth knowledge of  the Industrial Revolution by understanding how propaganda, especially newspapers, plays a role in many revolutions.

Lesson Plan

Andersonville Revisited

8th grade, andersonville, civll war, kris hagans, primary sources