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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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La Follette and the Progressive Era

Get curriculum suggestions for teaching about Progressive Era reforms in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin World War II Stories: The Pacific

Use a classroom debate to analyze the decision to drop the atomic bomb through the lens of the Smithsonian 50th anniversary exhibit on the Enola Gay

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

Teach students to conduct oral history interviews with Wisconsin Hmong and how to use oral histories for research

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

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

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Life in a Lumber Camp

Learn more about life in a lumber camp by using primary sources

Conflict on the Homefront: Wisconsin During World War I

Learn more about the pre-WWI peace movement by having students take a closer look at Julia Grace Wales

Classroom Material

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
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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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