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.
President Abraham Lincoln is well known as the president who was in office during the American Civil War. But what else do your students know about the 16th president of the United States? Have them complete this fun webquest to learn more!
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.
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.
Why did Rome fall? Many historians believe answering this question is central to understanding world history. Imperial Rome spread wide and far, but was eventually destroyed by factors from within and without.
From the barren ice flows of the Arctic to the southernmost tip of Argentina, Native Americans provide a wealth of history, culture and mythology through which students discover the roots of the Americas.
The French and Indian War, fought in the French and British colonies of North America, was actually part of the Seven Years War which was waged in Europe. It played out in the territories of France and England over the profitable fur trade and the westward migration of settlers into Ohio Country.
Latin America is a region with high cultural diversity and a history that presents interesting as well as painful episodes. Classroom activities can be elaborated to study some aspects of its culture and occupation by Europeans in the 15th and 16th centuries.
With these lesson and teaching ideas on Europe in the Middle Ages, you and your students can come “up close and personal” with the spread of Black Death, along with life in medieval Europe. Middle School students will learn about housing, clothing, medicine, and other areas of interest.
Night at the Museum starring Ben Stiller is a great vehicle for teaching history. Lesson plans for key characters, historical eras, or geographical locations can be created using this movie as a starting point.