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Spies, Traitors, and Saboteurs

Posted under Classroom Resources for Grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Spies, Traitors, and Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America examines the challenge of securing the nation without compromising the freedoms upon which the US were founded. The following pre- and postvisit classroom activities, combined with the exhibition analysis sheet, connect the classroom and museum experiences through the exploration of the important themes and questions the exhibition More

America’s Documents of Freedom

Posted under History Lab for Grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and the Emancipation Proclamation are often referred to collectively as the Documents of Freedom. As a group, these documents demonstrate the evolution of American democracy and freedoms. The lessons in this unit examine how changes in government impact individuals differently; how freedom is interpreted through More

Slavery and Freedom in America

Posted under History Lab for Grades 5, 6, 7, 8

This unit examines the broad meanings of slavery and freedom in America through the life of a woman named Hannah Harris. Hannah was a weaver on Robert Carter’s plantation in Virginia. In anticipation of her freedom, she sent Carter a note asking to purchase her loom. The lessons in this unit include detailed analysis of More

Sew What! Samplers as part of American History

Posted under History Lab for Grades 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Samplers can teach us about the domestic arts, societal beliefs, and women’s education. In this unit, students will analyze samplers and other primary sources (school records, advertisements, and photographs) to understand the connection women have had over time to the domestic arts, especially sewing. Students will discover the process and purpose of creating samplers and how More

African American Life in the Nineteenth Century

Posted under History Lab for Grades 6, 7, 8

John and Mary Jones were two of Chicago’s most influential and prominent black citizens in the late nineteenth century. By examining primary documents and artifacts related to the couple, students will learn about African American life in Illinois from 1818 to 1867. The lessons in this unit investigate the lives of John and Mary Jones More

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