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Secondary Lesson Plans

The Society has made these lesson plans available to help you teach Wisconsin History. Materials are supported with links to or PDFs of primary sources drawn from collections within the Society's Archives. Designed for grade levels 6-12.

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The Black Hawk War, 1832

Learn about the 1832 conflict between the Sauk and Fox Indians and American troops that ended with the surrender of Black Hawk

Use census records to study immigration to Wisconsin and living conditions in the mid-19th century

Wisconsin World War II Stories: The Home Front

In this lesson students will ready about family relationships during WWII and create their own letters to understand the impact of the war on families

Learn about life on the frontier in Wisconsin in 1851, as recounted in guides designed to attract immigrants to the state from Europe.

Wisconsin World War II Stories: The Home Front

Using photographs and accounts, students will learn about German POW camps in the United States and Japanese American internment

Wisconsin in the Civil War: Camp Randall

In this lesson students will examine the letter of John Cronk to learn more about Camp Randall and the role Wisconsin played in the Civil War

Learn to use primary source materials to teach students about the abolitionist movement in Wisconsin in the 1850s.

Wisconsin in the Civil War: Camp Randall

Examine the experience of Confederate prisoners at Camp Randall through newspaper articles

Introduce your students to the basics of architectural history and historic preservation through a community architectural survey project

Conflict on the Homefront: Wisconsin During World War I

The newspaper articles, photos, and letters in this section are samples of the rampant anti-German hysteria in Wisconsin during World War I
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