6-8 Resources

Pre-1865

Prologue to Studying the Emancipation Proclamation

An 8th-grade class analyzes letters about the Emancipation Proclamation.


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An American Family: The Beecher Tradition
Picture of the Beecher family c.1850. Taken by Mathew Brady, New York.

Did you know that Harriet Beecher Stowe's family was also involved in[...] »

Post-1865

Mexican-American War and the Media
Watercolor, Sam in a knife-fight, 1840s, S Chamberlain, U.S.-Mexican War.

More than 5,500 transcribed newspaper articles related to the Mexican-[...] »

Coal and the Industrial Revolution
Photo, At the close of the day, January 1911, Lewis Hine, Library of Congress

How can the story of coal help students understand the nature of today's[...] »

Classroom Tools

Historical Thinking & Literacy

Deciphering Primary Source Documents
Letter, Handwritten letter signed by Victor Séjour, Victor Séjour, NYPL Digital

Create scaffolding and careful preparation of documents to promote student[...] »

Using Technology

Kidblog

Set up and moderate an entire elementary class's worth of blogs at once.


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