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MiniLesson: The Gilded Age

gilded age

SSUSH11 The student will describe the economic, social, and geographic impact of the growth of big business and technological innovations after Reconstruction. a. Explain the impact of the railroads on other industries, such as steel, and on the organization of big business. b. Describe the impact of the railroads in the development of the West; include the transcontinental railroad, and ...

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#WatkinsMiniLesson: Eli Whitney


Explain the impact of the Industrial Revolution as seen in Eli Whitney’s invention of the cotton gin and his development of interchangeable parts for muskets. Key Terms: -Eli Whitney -Interchangeable Parts -Cotton Gin History Channel Link for deeper Understanding (Click Here) Lesson Questions -Why did Eli Whitney come up with interchangeable parts? -Give an example of interchangeable parts? -How did ...

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#Mini Lesson: George Washington’s Presidency


Standard5 e.Explain the importance of the Presidencies of George Washington and John Adams; include the Whiskey Rebellion, non-intervention in Europe, and the development of political parties (Alexander Hamilton). Powerpoint (Click for Link) Lesson (Click for Link) Picture 1  (Click for Link) Picture 2 (Click for Link) Washington’s Image Video Washington’s Cabinet Link Whiskey Rebellion Link Whiskey Rebellion Video Hamilton vs Jefferson ...

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#MiniLesson: The Constitution


SSUSH5 The student will explain specific events and key ideas that brought about the adoption and implementation of the United States Constitution. a. Explain how weaknesses in the Articles of Confederation and Daniel Shays’ Rebellion led to a call for a stronger central government. b. Evaluate the major arguments of the anti-Federalists and Federalists during the debate on ratification of ...

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#Mini Lesson: American Revolution

Washington Crossing the Delaware is an 1851 oil-on-canvas painting by the German American artist Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze. It commemorates General George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River on the night of December 25–26, 1776, during the American Revolutionary War. That action was the first move in a surprise attack against the Hessian forces at Trenton, New Jersey in the Battle of Trenton.

SSUSH4 The student will identify the ideological, military, and diplomatic aspects of the American Revolution. a. Explain the language, organization, and intellectual sources of the Declaration of Independence; include the writing of John Locke and the role of Thomas Jefferson. b. Explain the reason for and significance of the French alliance and foreign assistance and the roles of Benjamin Franklin ...

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Mini Lesson: Road to Revolution

Stamp Act cartoon for website

SSUSH3 The student will explain the primary causes of the American Revolution. b. Explain colonial response to such British actions as the Proclamation of 1763, the Stamp Act, and the Intolerable Acts as seen in Sons and Daughters of Liberty and Committees of Correspondence. Road to Revolution Powerpoint Guiding Questions 1.  What was the Stamp Act and Why was it ...

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Mini Lesson: Mercantilism & Middle Passsage

Note the different materials that are going from each location.

POWERPOINT on Mercantilism, Triangular Trade, Middle Passage SSUSH2 The student will trace the ways that the economy and society of British North America developed. a. Explain the development of mercantilism and the trans-Atlantic trade. b. Describe the Middle Passage, growth of the African population, and African-American culture.  Triangular Trade Document Mercantilism Document                 ...

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Mini Lesson: Middle Colonies

Middle Colonies

POWERPOINT on Middle Colonies  SSUSH1 The student will describe European settlement in North America during the 17th century.  c. Explain the development of the mid-Atlantic colonies; include the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam and subsequent English takeover, and the settlement of Pennsylvania.  Key Terms:Quaker, William Penn, Holy experiment, New York  Watch from 0-8:30 to learn about New York and Pennsylvania ...

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Mini Lesson: Great Awakening


Great Awakening Powerpoint SSUSH2 The student will trace the ways that the economy and society of British North America developed. d. Explain the significance of the Great Awakening. Questions to Answer 1.  When did the Great Awakening take place/where? 2.  Who is John Edwards and what was the purpose of his Sinner’s in the Hands of an Angry God sermon? ...

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