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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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Wisconsin in the Civil War: Camp Randall

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

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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

Wisconsin and the Civil War

Use the 1862 Civil War Draft Riots to examine differing opinions on the Civil War in Wisconsin

Wisconsin World War II Stories: Europe

Listening to World War II era music helps students to learn about the time period as well as the contributions of entertainers to the war effort

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

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Little Elk, 1829

Use the 1829 speech by Little Elk, Ho-Chunk orator, to learn more about Ho-Chunk views on Euro-American cultures

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

Wisconsin and the Civil War: Camp Randall

Use the letters of Civil War solders to take a closer look at Camp Randall and Wisconsin's role in the Civil War

Wisconsin and the Civil War

Use the writing of Marcus "Brick" Pomeroy to examine different opinions on the Civil War

Wisconsin World War II Stories: The Struggle

Using primary source WWII recruitment posters helps students to understand World War II
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