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Lesson Plan

Life in a Lumber Camp

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

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

Wisconsin World War II Stories: Europe

Teach your students to use historic military maps to organize and sequence historic events

Using postage stamps, students identify and describe significant events and people in the history of Wisconsin and the United States

Wisconsin World War II Stories: The Struggle

Get an overview of Wisconsin World War II Stories: The Struggle as well as suggested small group activities to use with your students

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

Teach students to use census population schedules in researching life in Wisconsin communities.

Analyze primary and secondary sources to learn more about motivations and emotions involved during the Civil War era and Underground Railroad

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

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

Use local architectural resources to teach students about mail order homes in the United States

Lesson Plan

Little Elk, 1829

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

Introduce students to basic map orientation skills using their own community

Wisconsin World War II Stories: The Pacific

The experiences of nurses, as documented in primary sources, will help students to understand points of view on the war in the Pacific theater

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

Teach your students about how snowshoes were a part of the pioneer experience in Wisconsin

Wisconsin and the Civil War

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

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