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

La Follette and the Progressive Era

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

Wisconsin World War II Stories: The Home Front

Help students to look at the wartime issues of work, production and conservation in their hometown

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

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

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

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Community Design Game

Help students understand the physical design and compostion of their community

Wisconsin World War II Stories: Europe

Have students draw upon photographic collections to learn about World War II era struggles for civil rights both in the war zone and at home

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

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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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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