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US HISTory II Lesson Plan and resources

On this page you can find lesson plans for US History II with links to the worksheets and other resources that accompany the lesson. You may scroll down this page to find the lesson of interest. Most lessons follow the same format in order to provide structure and continuity. Each lesson is separated into three to four sections but the whole lesson is based on each chapter in the US History Textbook published by Holt McDougal. Each lesson is formatted in Microsoft Word and may be modified to fit the needs of your students, school, or district.  Additional resources may be found throughout the pages on this website.

 

 A Geographers World Lesson Plan

 

VISUAL AIDS/POWER POINT PRESENTATIONS:

Reading Maps (HOME ASSIGNMENT)

Five Themes of Geography (IN CLASS ASSIGNMENT)

 

HANDOUTS FOR THIS LESSON:

Reading Maps Questions (HOME ASSIGNMENT)

Five Themes of Geography Questions (IN CLASS ASSIGNMENT)

I Need Directions

 

 

EXTENSION PROJECT FOR THIS LESSON:

The Geographer

 

Students will create a helicopter view map of the School Complex.  The maps should include the following items:

 

1. Drawn and colored diagram of the school complex. {50 pts}

2. Imaginary lines of Longitude and Lattitude (at least 3 across and 3 down) {10 pts}

3. Scale (doesn't have to be accurate) {10 pts}

 

4. Legend (at least 4 items) {10 pts}

 

5. Compass Rose (direction must be accurate) {10 pts}

 

6. Labeled Areas (Regions) {10 pts}

The project must be submitted on 12 x 18 white paper. There will be an automatic 20 pt deduction for unsized papers.

 

 

                       Writing a DBQ Lesson Plan                      
 
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                  The History of Human Enslavement          

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History of Human Ownership and Slavery: HUMAN FARMING

 

 

                      Civil War Review Lesson Plan                   

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                        Reconstruction Lesson Plan                   
 

VISUAL AIDS/POWER POINT PRESENTATIONS:

Reconstruction Power Point

Reconstruction Power Point Questions

 

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EXTENSION ACTIVITIES:

Students will complete the following handout activities as an enrichment activity for this chapter:

1.)   Handout:  Job History

Students will follow the directions on the worksheet “Job History. They will put themselves in the shoes of a person living during Reconstruction and write a brief job history for that person.

2.)   Handout:  The Jim Crow Laws

Students will complete the worksheet “The Jim Crow Laws”. They will pretend to be a political cartoonist working for a local newspaper in the South who might have poked fun at these laws. They will Draw a political cartoon satirizing the Jim Crow Laws. They will use labels, symbols, and add a title to their cartoon.

 

 


               Americans Move West Lesson Plan                 

 

VISUAL AIDS/POWER POINT PRESENTATIONS:

Power Point Americans Move West

Power Point Questions Americans Move West 

 

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EXTENSION ACTIVITIES:

Students will complete the following handout activities as an enrichment activity for this chapter:

1.)   Handout:  Migration Maps

  • Write a paragraph explaining why a traveler from the Midwest might have chosen to take the Oregon Trail to Fort Hall, then the California Trail, to reach San Francisco. Consider both the obstacles in the way and any reasons why that route might have appeared safer than other routes.
2.)   Handout:  A Letter
  • European Americans are settling the West. You are an Irish immigrant working on a railroad that crosses the Great Plains. Write a letter to your sister in Ireland telling her about what you see and experience…

 


                   The Industrial Age Lesson Plan                   

 

VISUAL AIDS/POWER POINT PRESENTATIONS:

The Industrial Age Power Point

The Industrial Age Power Point Questions 

 

HANDOUTS FOR THIS LESSON:

 

Section 1 The Second Industrial Revolution

Section 2 Big Business

Section 3 Industrial Workers

Handout: Inventors

Handout: Orville and Wilbur Wright

Handout: The Power of Trusts

Handout: In Support of the Coal Miners

Handout: Samuel Gompers

Handout: The Lords Of Industry

Handout: Chapter Review

 

EXTENSION ACTIVITIES:

 

Students will complete the following handout activities as an enrichment activity for this chapter:

1.)   An Invention

  • Students will invent something that they feel will be useful to the society they live in. They should include the following
    • a diagram (drawing) with a description (40 Points)
    • What is the purpose or use of the invention? (20 Points)
    • What inspired the invention of this item? (10 Points)
    • Who will benefit most from the invention? (20 Points)
    • What will be the next project based on this invention?” (10 Points)
2.)   Handout:  A Business Plan You are an inventor in the late 1800s, and you want to start a business to sell your new inventions. Write a business plan for investors that will encourage them to lend you money to start your business. As you read this chapter, gather information about the new business practices that you can use to run your business. Then write your plan. Include information about what you will sell, how you will make it, and how you can avoid conflicts with the workers who make it.

 

                             Immigration and Urbanization

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               The Roaring Twenties Lesson Plan                                

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Extension Activities/Assessments:

If you can find the movie "The Untouchables" (1987) below is the link to an accompanying lesson based on the movie. Be mindful of the group you plan on showing it to for the fact it is rated R.

If you have video equipment you may also extend upon the following activity if order to create a radio advertisement, a silent film, or any other multimedia project for an extension activity.

                                                                          

 

                    The Great Depression Lesson Plan                         

 

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HANDOUTS FOR THIS LESSON:

Extension Activities/Assessments:

 

Students will complete the following handout activities as an enrichment activity for this chapter:

 

Handout: Great Depression Journal Activity (Fwrite)

  • Students will write a one-page journal entry as if you were a person living during the Great Depression. You might write from the point of view of a student, artist, farmer, or someone else.

Handout: Great Depression Having a Debate

  • It is 1932 and President Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt are about to meet for a debate. Your class will help. In two groups, decide which group will manage Hoover’s presentation and which will manage Roosevelt’s.
  • For your side, prepare a list of debating points, or reasons to vote for your candidate. Then list the points you think your opponents will use to support their side. Next, list reasons not to vote for your opponent.

Handout: Great Depression Document-Based Activity

  • Students will use information from the documents in Part A and their knowledge of U.S. history to answer the questions that follow each document. The answers will help write the Part B essay, in which students will explain the two opposing plans to improve the economy and social conditions during the Great Depression.

 

 

 

                     World War II Lesson Plan                          

Visual Aids/Power Point Presentation

World War II Power Point Presentation

 

Handouts for this Lesson

 

Extension Activities/Assessments:

Students will complete the following handout activities as an enrichment activity for this chapter:

  1.  Handout: Free Write A Radio News Broadcast
  • During World War II, Americans relied on radio broadcasts to receive news about their loved ones fighting overseas. Write a radio news broadcast about an event from the war.
  1. Handout: Constructing a Timeline WWII
  • A time line can help you see and better understand relationships among historical events. When you decide to create a time line, you need to make certain basic decisions.

First decide on the topic to be covered. This might be something like “Major Battles in the Pacific War” or “Mobilizing the Home Front.” Once you have decided on a topic, then you can choose the period to be covered by the time line. You could decide, for example, that your time line will cover the years from 1941 to 1945.

Handout: World War II Document-Based Activity

  • Using information from the documents in Part A and your knowledge of U.S. history, answer the questions that follow each document. Your answers to the questions will help you write the Part B essay, in which you:

discuss how World War II increased opportunity and power for some Americans.

describe how World War II decreased opportunity and power for other Americans.

 

 

         Early Years of the Cold War Lesson Plan              

Visual Aids/Power Point Presentation

 Early Years of the Cold War

 

Handouts for this Lesson

Power Point Questionnaires

Section 1 Adjusting to Peace

Section 2 War in Korea and a New Red Scare

Section 3 The Nation ProspersHandout: Jackie Robinson

Handout: From Animal Farm

Handout: Brinkmanship

Handout: from Remembering Jim Crow

Handout: Focus on Writing (Song Lyrics)