Teaching MIddle School History
Experienced history teachers share the lesson plans that keep tweens and pre-tweens intrigued and focused on facts and figures that happened long ago. Students and graduates of history degree programs share their passion for the past as well, providing a robust library of history lesson plans for the middle school grades of sixth, seventh and eighth.
You’ll find interactive lessons that engage students and draw parallels between modern day and the past, as well as plans designed to enhance critical thinking skills. You'll also find a variety of teaching strategies for sixth, seventh and eighth grade, including Webquests, group activities and projects, as well as detailed lessons and guides, all based on the collective experience of the teachers and educators who write for Bright Hub Education.
- A Fateful Wyoming Wagon Train: The Donner Party to Teach Westward Expansion
Can you imagine what it would be like to leave your home and everything familiar to you in order to travel west to places you could have never imagined? That's what many brave pioneers did during the time of Westward Expansion. One such ill-fated group is known as the Donner Party.
- Map Quest: Before There Was GPS! Reinforce Map Skills by Teaching Westward Expansion
Have your students work on their geography skills during a unit on Westward Expansion. This lesson has students examining primary sources as well as maps of the U.S. in the 1830's and 50's.
- Vigilantes and Rebels in the West
In western towns away from the hands of the law, settlers often took legal matters into their own hands. Teach on two examples of vigilante justice in the west by having your students read primary source documents.
- John Henry: Steel Driving Man
Head west with your classroom with lessons that engage their sense of adventure. This first lesson in the series is on the myth and history of John Henry, a railroad legend.
- Wit and Wisdom From Ireland: Gaelic Quotes as Writing Prompts
For the final lesson in your series on Ireland, go over these Gaelic quotes with your class. They make great writing prompts to encourage creative thinking in your students.
- In the Land of the Ever Young: An Irish Myth
Tir Na Nog, the mythical Irish land of the fairies, is a wonderful place for your students to visit this Saint Patrick’s Day. Teach your students about this Irish myth in this lesson.
- River-Dancing Through History: The History of Ireland as Told Through Dance
Pop in a DVD and enjoy watching "Riverdance" with your students. This movie gives a glimpse into Irish culture and history through dance.
- Irish Myths & Legends: Lesson Plan
March is a great time of year to take a look at Irish culture and history. In this lesson, students will explore myths and legends of Ireland. Includes a downloadable power point.
- History Lesson Plan on Food Typically Eaten by the Pioneers
This history lesson plan explores the various foods that were eaten by those who lived in the pioneer world. History students will enjoy learning about the diets of their ancestors! Add this lesson plan and its attached worksheet to your history curriculum!