I am an American
This four part lesson plan simulates what it would be like to be forced
to leave your home as the Japanese were forced to do during the
This is a 1-2 week unit using both fiction and primary sources that is
"designed to provide middle school students with a window into the war
This site provides links to many sites about the Japanese Internment,
and it also has links to two webquests.
This page from PBS offers ideas and links for teaching about the Gold
The webpage of the "Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco"
provides this article entitled "Negro Rights Activities in Gold Rush
California" by Rudolph M. Lapp.
This page sells a PBS documentary on the Gold Rush and also includes
background information, vocabulary, test questions, discussion
questions, and activity ideas.
Annie of Calumet
This is an article geared toward children about the copper mines and
the strikes. Includes a map of places to go, vocabulary words and
definitions, comprehension questions, and a word find.
Woody Guthrie wrote a song about the Italian Hall disaster, and you can
listen to it here!
This site gives a brief synopsis of the Italian Hall disaster and lists
all who died.
This is the homepage of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.
This is the homepage of the Western Folklife Center.
DiscoverySchool.com provides this lesson plan on the "Real American
Cowboy." It focuses on the literature of the cowboy. It includes
vocabulary, activity ideas, links to modern cowboy poetry sites, and
lyrics to cowboy songs.
This site gives a brief history of the city of Tucson.
This site gives a history of the Carillo Gardens, which Lionel and
Barron Jacobs enjoyed while living on the frontier in Tucson. There is
an elementary on the site now!
This is the homepage of the Arizona Jewish Historical Society.
of the Dustbowl
This page includes a detailed history of Weedpatch Camp and many
This is a lesson plan titled "Dust Bowl Days." It contains song lyrics
from the Dust Bowl and links to many photos from this time period.
This is a link to a PBS page about the Dust Bowl. It includes a map,
timeline, and teaching ideas.