Social Studies Assignments Dave Phillips Eleventh Grade ED 439 02/28/01 American Heritage http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/featur es/immig/immig.html Activities: • From this web site compare and contrast the experiences of immigrants coming to America • Write an essay that describes how the interaction of different cultures has strengthened America. • Create a display that reflects a contribution to America from each of the immigrant groups. American Heritage http://www.ohiokids.org/kids/ohc/history/h_in dian/tribes/miami.html Activities: • Read the web page related to the Miami Native Americans. How has the American Indian culture strengthened present day American society? • Create a display that demonstrates Native American ideas about land use, art, harmony with the environment and democracy. American Heritage http://steggy.minn.net/~keithp/cn.htm Activities: • Read the information about Christopher Columbus on the web page. • Construct a cause and effect chart that contains the following elements: – What caused European exploration? – What effect did European exploration have on the Americas? American Heritage http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/features/w omen/women.html Activities: • Read the above web page. Explore the role of women pioneers in early America and how the role has changed. • Address these changes in your journal. American Heritage http://www.educationplanet.com/search/ redirect?id=51652&mfcount=10&mfkw =pearl_Harbor&startval=0 Activities: • Develop a news broadcast detailing the events of the attack on Pearl Harbor • Identify any gaps in the information that is known with possible explanations for the lack of information. People in Societies http://www.educationplanet.com/search/redirect?id= 12294&mfcount=17&mfkw=underground_railroa d&startval=0 Activities: • Explore the roots of slavery and identify ways the slaves escaped, maintaining their culture. People in Societies http://www.educationplanet.com/search/redire ct?id=12226&mfcount=5&mfkw=trail_of_te ars&startval=0 Activities: • Examine how people from the Cherokee tribe preserved their culture, while at the same time explain what their reasons may be for participating in the U.S. society and economy. People in Societies http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/al html/almintr.html Activities: • Imagine you are a Union soldier in the Civil War. In your journal record your thoughts about the Emancipation Proclamation and the issues surrounding it. People in Societies http://www.learningspace.org/instruct/jr_high/ projects/bgilbert/ozette.htm Activities: • Imagine that your classroom has been buried in a mudslide. Five hundred years later archaeologists excavate the site. List the artifacts that would be found. What could they learn about this time and place? People in Societies http://www.seanet.com/Users/pamur/13colony .html Activities: • Between 1680 and 1750 the total colonial population grew rapidly. As the total population grew some colonies went through bigger changes than others. • Use this web site to determine why. World Interactions http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/ General/ ThirdWorld_def.html Activities: • Investigate a third world country and build a portfolio on the relationship between the culture, technology and the environment of the country. • Discuss the opportunities and/or constraints that technology can bring about. World Interactions http://www.greenpeace.org/~toxics/index.html Activities: • The dumping of toxic wastes into the water supply has resulted in the death and mutation of living things. • Write a letter to the editor of a newspaper describing your opinion on this matter. • Click on site for more information. World Interactions http://www.tnc.org/ Activities: • Create a timeline that reflects the increase in nature preserve activities beginning in 1951 to the present. • Think about existing community conservation efforts and how you could create or extend them. World Interactions http://www.civil-war.net/ http://www.sirius.ca/running/olympics.html Activities: • Compare athletic competition to war. • Do you believe that the Olympic Games promote peace. Why or why not? World Interactions http://www.music-contact.com/ Activities: • It is often said that music is an international language. • Analyze the role music has played in international relations throughout the world. Decision Making & Resources http://www.telepath.com/erics/furtrade/fur1.ht ml Activities: • Summarize the causes of friction between the French and the English in North America. • Present a chart which illustrates which country is in the best position to profit from the natural resources of the American interior. Include the likely places that the countries might clash. Decision Making & Resources http://www.coins.nd.edu /ColCurrency/index.html Activities: • Analyze why colonial currency lost its value after the American Revolution. • In your own words express the position of merchants who stopped accepting bills issued by other states. Decision Making & Resources http://www.fdic.gov/bank/historical/ Activities: • Organize into small groups and come up with an example of how borrowing and lending money works. • Why might the government be involved in banking? What argument might be made by people opposed to the government involvement in banking. Decision Making & Resources http://www.steamlocomotive.com/ Activities: • Trace the development of the steam locomotive and how it has impacted the growth and development in America. • Imagine the differences that would have occurred had the decision to develop the steam locomotive been rejected. Decision Making & Resources http://members.tripod.com/xu_chen/indusrevo lt/ppframe.htm Activities: • Pretend you are a business person in the 1820’s starting up a cotton mill. Discuss and list your major needs: location, equipment, raw materials and workers. • Identify readily available resources in good transportation options. Democratic Processes http://members.aol.com/RVSNorton/ Lincoln2.html Activities: • Compile a list of words and phrases describing the current President’s ideas, background, appearance and performance. • Identify where this information might have come from. • Compare Lincoln with the current President and assess Lincoln’s chances of being elected today. Democratic Processes http://www.oneworldaction.org/ Activities: • Make a placard that people attending a women’s rights rally in 1848 might have displayed. • Decide what women’s cause you support or oppose in the year 2001 and compare issues involved. Democratic Processes http://www.lwvohio.org/ Activities: • Collect information that supports the statement that low voter turnout among young people is a national concern. • Design a chart that lists the reasons for low voter turnout among young people. • Offer solutions to this problem that will work in America today. Democratic Processes http://www.usconstitution.org/ Activities: • Some people believe that certain economic rights such as the right to work should be added to the Constitution. • Should the Constitution be amended to include this right? Why or why not? Democratic Processes http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/ Activities: • Write a letter to your state or federal representative or senator expressing your strong opinion on a topic. • Some topics include: gun control, death penalty, functions of local governments, abortion, and crime. Citizenship Rights & Responsibilities • http://www.volunteermatch.org/ Activities: • Research a national volunteer group such as, the Volunteers of America, the Salvation Army, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, or the Easter Seals Society. • Contact the local chapter of the volunteer group of your choice and gather information about volunteer opportunities. • Design a format for a student organization that would support both local and national levels. Citizenship Rights & Responsibilities http://www.dayton.lib.oh.us/archives/newcom 2.htm Activities: • Develop an oral presentation on one of the following local agencies: the police department, fire department, parks department, transportation department, and the water bureau. • Find out how many people work for the agency, what the agency’s responsibilities are, how much money the agency has to work with, and what problems the agency faces. Citizenship Rights & Responsibilities http://www.library.unt.edu/govinfo/ http://www.library.unt.edu/govinfo/state/ stinfo.html Activities: • Chart the different levels of government in the United States. Include local, state and federal. • Include the public services handled at each level. • Determine one advantage and disadvantage of local control over public services. Citizenship Rights & Responsibilities http://www.netstate.com/states/ Activities: • Which of the following symbols of our country have the most meaning to you? • The Liberty Bell, The Great Seal, Uncle Sam, The Bald Eagle, Mt. Rushmore, and the Statue of Liberty. • What other symbols of our nation can you think of? • Write in your journal what each of these symbols represents and what they mean to you Citizenship Rights & Responsibilities http://www.nara.gov/exhall/cha rters/constitution/confath.ht ml Activities: • Research the three ways in which a bill can become a law. • Do you think the President should have the power to veto just a part of a bill? Explain.