High School History Lesson Plans, Grades 9-12
Is it a coincidence that history rhymes with mystery? Many struggling history students, especially those with standardized exams looming in their future, would say it is definitely not! The history lesson plans found here will help your students understand not just the dates and the names, but the impact that long-ago events had on life as we know it today. Interactive lesson plan ideas and modern-day parallels help keep your ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade students engaged and interested in learning about historical facts and figures.
- Lesson 5: The Court-Packing Plan and the GM Sit-Down Strike
This writing assignment can be used either as a summative or formative assessment and is flexible enough for any level of student. Document-based questions are outstanding methods for promoting higher-order thinking skills.
- Lesson 4 - The Dust Bowl
The Dust Bowl is one of the most iconic events of the Great Depression. This lesson explores the event, using different media to bring it to life for students.
- Lesson 3 - The New Deal
This lesson plan is activity-based and is designed to make students responsible for mastering important facts and concepts surrounding the New Deal.
- Lesson 2: The Vicious Cycle, the Bonus Army and the Bank Holiday
This lesson clearly illustrates some of the differences between Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt in dealing with different problems caused by the Depression. Both sound and images are leveraged to appeal to as many different learning styles as possible.
- Lesson 1 - The Causes, the Crash, and the Fallout
This lesson will promote student understanding of the economic causes of the Depression. It simulates the rollercoaster of emotions that investors endured in 1929.
- Cultural Conflict in the 1920s: Traditions Under Attack
Issues of Evolution being taught in schools and prohibition were some of the hot topics of the day. Learn how the Scopes Trial and banning of alcohol shaped American history.
- Cultural Conflict in the 1920s: Race Relations
Racial tension exploded during the 1920s with the resurgence of the Klu Klux Klan, segregation laws being challenged and lynching an all-too-common activity. Have students examine primary sources to discover the cultural challenges of America at this time in history.
- Cultural Conflict in the 1920s: Immigration
What would life have been like as an immigrate to the United States during the 20s? Or, how would you, as an American-born citizen, have felt about immigrants moving to your country? This lesson will explore some of the cultural aspects of immigration.
- World War I - A High School Unit
This series of five lesson plans is meant for a High School Class. Bring students back in history to the beginning of World War I as well as the entrance of the United States into the war.