American History Review

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Grade Level
Middle School
Length of Time
3 to 4 hours

The purpose of this lesson is to review important events in American history from its discovery to present day.


Students will learn to:
Understand that all people have contributed to American history, regardless of culture, race or religion.
To develop a sense of pride for their own efforts, as well as for the efforts of others.
To learn that life if influenced by man through cultural interchange, heritage and our physical environment.
To learn the ability to work both independently and in a group.

Materials Needed

An Encyclopedia.
Textbooks on American history.
Copies of plays on American history.
Magazines and periodicals that are educational.
Music books.
DVDs, casette tapes and records.
Paper, pens, markers and art suppllies.


Have students illustrate and write a timeline that focuses on a major times and events in American history.
Have students choose a favorite era in American history on which they will write and perform a play. (Example: The Great Depression.)
Have students write a speech on their favorite character in history. (Example: Abraham Lincoln, Paul Revere.)
Have students create a diorama to depict a scene or era in American history. (Example: Civil War scene or Benjamin Franklin flying his kite.)
When the project is complete, choose a time for students to present their speech or play and show their diorama to parents and grandparents. This can be done at an Open House or by special invitation.


Students will be graded on participation, effort, content, historical correctness and presentation.

Grading is as follows:

A - 100 to 90

B - 89 to 80

C - 79 to 70

D - 69 to 60

F - 60 and below.

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