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Lesson Plans

Here you will find primary source-based lesson plans created by SALEM in History participants and staff. These lesson plans use local primary sources to teach critical historical content and skills tied to SALEM in History themes and topics and are correlated with the 2003 Massachusetts History and Social Studies Curriculum Frameworks. You may also wish to view Primary Source Activities, which include a source and suggested guiding questions.


Name of Lesson Plan SIH Topic
Grade

Long Ago, Today and Now:  The President as a Leader
by Faye E. Colin

The Constitutional Convention and the Debate over Ratification

Preschool

Long Ago, Today and Now: Childhood in New England
by Faye E. Colin

Childhood in Colonial New England Preschool

How Does Your Mama Make Breakfast?
by Alayne Fix

Women and Work in Colonial New England 2/3

Salem Willows: Then and Now
by Meghan Beauchesne

Amusing the Million: Mass Culture and Leisure at the Turn of the 20th Century

3
The Great Migration: Why African American Southerners Came North
by Mary L. Cura


The Great Migration: African Americans and the Growth of the Urban North

4
Salem's Great Age of Sail and Trade
by Mary L. Cura


Building Wealth Through the China and East Indies Trade

5

Using Probates to Learn About the Lives of Colonial New Englanders
by Craig Jackson

Women and Work in Colonial New England 5

The Role and Influence of Salem’s Merchants in Building Salem’s Wealth and Expanding the East Indies Trade ...
by Norma Miaskiewicz   
  
                    

Building Wealth Through the China and East Indies Trade

5
Massacre or Street Fight? A Study of Images Relating to the Boston Massacre
by Meghan Reilly

The Long Road to Lexington: Networks of Resistance in Colonial Massachusetts

5

Shays’ Rebellion: Its Impact on the Constitutional Convention
by Victoria Shams

The Constitutional Convention and the Debate over Ratification
5
Trade: Salem in the East Indies
by Elizabeth Beaulieu
Salem in the World, The World in Salem: Salem in the Early Republic and the East Indies Trade

8

Gold: The American Dream?
by Elizabeth Beaulieu

“Westward Ho!”: Westward Migration in the 1840s and the 1850s: Who, Where, Why, How?

8

Rules, Resistance and Repeal:  How the Stamp Act Was Repealed
by Karen Corbett

The Long Road to Lexington: Networks of Resistance in Colonial Massachusetts
8

Indian v. American Life: Indian Removal and Cherokee Trail of Tears
by Linda Barry

“The Vanishing Indian”: Removal, Relocation, Reservations and Representation in the 19th century
8
Inspiring Freedom: The Remond Family and Abolitionism in Salem
by Abaigeal Duda  
 
Abolitionism
8
The Gold Rush: Best Means to Travel to California
by Sharon McKeller
“Westward Ho!”: Westward Migration in the 1840s and the 1850s: Who, Where, Why, How?

8
With Picks, Shovels and a Song
by Geoffrey Raywood
“Westward Ho!”: Westward Migration in the 1840s and the 1850s: Who, Where, Why, How?

8
(history/music)

Bound for Salem: An Examination of Documents Relating to the Voyage of the Ship Mount Vernon, from Salem to Copenhagen and Back, 1803
by Rebecca Zimmerman

Building Wealth Through the China and East Indies Trade
8
“To the Farthest Port of the Rich East” – Looking at Salem’s Economic History by Examining George Ropes’ Painting, Crowninshield Wharf, 1806.
by Rebecca Zimmerman

Salem in the World, The World in Salem  
8

Wealth in Transition: From Sail to Loom
by David J. Buckhoff

From Ten Footers to Factories:  Industrial Growth in the Antebellum North

9-12

From Invalid to Domestic Scientist in Ten Short Years: Women and Domestic Work in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries.
by Diane Morey


Upstairs/Downstairs: Domestic Servants and Mistresses in 19th and 20th Century America

9-12

Revealing Ramblers: Analyzing Children’s Periodicals to Discover the Social, Political, and Religious Culture of America
by Pamela DeAngelo
                                 

Horace Mann & the Rise of Public Education in America

10
Consumer Culture in the 1950s: New
Shopping Centers and Advertising Trends

by Elizabeth Hoeffner

Consumer Culture and Consumption Landscapes in Post-War America
10-12

The Voice of the Political Cartoon
by Daniel Ritchie

The Reconstruction Amendments and their Legacy
10-12,
Honors level

"But What Does It Matter to Me?" 
The New Deal in Essex County

by Julia Brotherton

The New Deal:  Expanding Government in Time of Need

11
Culture and Society in the 1950s
by Anna Slobodskoy 
Consumer Culture and Consumption Landscapes in Post-War America
11 / AP
Write Your Own Document Based Question (DBQ) on the Articles of Confederation!
by Anna Slobodskoy 

The Constitutional Convention and the Debate over Ratification

11 / AP

Gourmet Chef or Fast Food Mama? Determining the validity of using kitchen inventories as a means of interpreting a housewife’s cooking habits and preferences
by Diane Morey

Women and Work in Colonial New England
11-12 / Women’s History Elective