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

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

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

Use the 1673 journal of Father Jacques Marquette to introduce students to the early exploration of Wisconsin

Conflict on the Homefront: Wisconsin During World War I

The documents in this lesson will help students understand WWII and the issues and results of a wartime economy

Use a letter written home by a Norwegian immigrant to take a closer look at the immigrant experience in 1840s Wisconsin

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Teal Lake Lodge, 1923

Learn about the development of tourism in northern Wisconsin by examining a a family-owned resort which has operated since the 1920s

Use advertising posters to study technological change in American agriculture in the 19th century

Evaluate documents representing opposing perspectives on Japanese American Internment and work as a class to understand primary source analysis

Wisconsin World War II Stories: The Pacific

Students use maps to construct logical interpretations of the World War II historical record
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Have Questions?

If you have questions about our field trips, lesson plans, or other educational resources, please contact Kurt Griesemer by phone at 608-264-6547 or by email.

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