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Lesson Plans

We currently offer lesson plans that were developed by Marist College undergraduates with faculty supervision, lessons developed and tested by teachers in our "America's Promise: 400 Years of Defining the American Dream" Project, made possible by a Teaching American History grant from the U.S. Department of Education and Dutchess and Ulster County BOCES, and a general overview unit on the American Revolution developed by Heather Oehme, Marist College '03.

We are also providing lessons that incorporate materials published in The Hudson River Valley Review. Teaching the Hudson River Valley Review lessons were developed jointly by a history professor, a high-school teacher, and an educational psychologist.

All of the lessons presented meet New York State Learning Standards for the grades indicated.

 

  1. Presidential Leadership During Wartime
  2. Beyond Europe: Asian and Caribbean Emigration to the United States
  3. Social Movements, Social Justice, and the Expansion of American Democracy
  4. Teaching the Hudson Valley
  5. Henry Hudson and the Clash of Cultures in the New World
  6. The American Revolution in the Hudson River Valley
  7. Hudson River Valley Artists & Writers
  8. Colonial Era
  9. The Civil Rights Movement
  10. Corridor of Commerce
  11. FDR & WWII
  12. Pursuing Justice in the Modern World: Eleanor Roosevelt & American History
  13. Slavery and the Underground Railroad in the Hudson River Valley
  14. American History through the Lens of the Supreme Court

 

 

Presidential Leadership During Wartime (2008)

Nixon’s decision to bomb Cambodia (Grade 11th US History & Government, 12th PIG)
US Military History
History as an Interpretive Discipline (Grade 8)
American Imperialism in the late 1800s (Grade 8)
Presidential "Hats" (Grades 7th and 8th)
Advice to Future United States Presidents Regarding Civil Liberties (Grade 11)
The President as Commander and Chief (Grade 12)
Lincoln the War Leader (Grade 11)
Causes of United States Entry into WWI (Grade 11)
Civil Liberties and Presidential Power (Grade Junior High Special Education, 12 grade honors, R and Alternative High School)
Rubric for Civil Liberties and Presidential Power
Assessing Leadership Qualities (Grade 9-12)
George vs. George: The Nature of a Presidential Leader
How Would You Evaluate President Wilson as a Commander-In-Chief?
Presidential Powers: Expressed and Unwritten (Grade 11th grade US History, Regents level, 12th grade Participation in Government, AP level, and 12th Grade Rights and Responsibilities)
Lincoln and the Issue of Slavery (Grade 8)
Migration (Grade 9)

 

Beyond Europe: Asian and Caribbean Emigration to the United States in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (2008)

Coming to America: Myths versus Reality (Grade 8)
Compare/Contrast Immigrant Groups (Grade 8)
Comparing Immigrant Experiences While Constructing Learning Centers (Grades 7-12)
19th Century Chinese Immigration (Grades 11th US History &Government, 12th PIG)
Chinese Immigration and Migration in the 19th Century
The Chinese Experience in America (Grade 8)
Field Trip to Staatsburgh Mansion
Charting Immigration (Grades 9-12)
BEYOND EUROPE- Asian Emigration to the U.S. in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (Grade 8)
Anti-Chinese Movement and the Chinese Exclusion Act (Grade 8)
The Impact of Globalization on Immigration Policies (Grades 10-12)

 

Social Movements, Social Justice, and the Expansion of American Democracy

Women's Vote in England and America

Get Out and Vote

Sweat it out!

The Cult of True Womanhood

Reform Legislation: Reaction to Industrialization

Child Labor

 

Teaching the Hudson Valley

Historic Florida: Seward, Soldiers and Murals

From Barter to Big Business

Dancing with the Hudson

Voyage to Albany: A living History Program

Life Along the Hudson River: Exploring Nature and Culture

Hudson River: Past, Present, Future

Windswept Summits to Cool Ice Caves: Exploring the Habitats of Sam's Point Preserve

Rocky and Land's Hudson River Adventure

A River Runs Through it

The River and The Aqueduct

Industry of the 19th Century

Learning About Local Habitat & Wildlife: An Integrated Approach

Agriculture in the Valley for Grades 3-6

A Deeper Shade of Green

Unearthing the Hudson Valley: A 400 Year Story through Archeology

Catskill Heritage Project (Early Grades)

Catskill Heritage Project (Grades 4-6)

Trapps Mountain Hamlet

Colonial Albany: Everyday Evidence

Think Like a Historian: Westchester in the American Revolution

Martin Van Buren, From Tavernkeeper's Son to 8th President

Cold Spring: Learning Where We Live

Protecting Our River

Colonial Life in the Hudson Valley

I See Freedom

Full Steam Ahead: Robert Fulton& the Age of Steam Boating

Trees in the Hudson Valley

 

Henry Hudson and the Clash of Cultures in the New World

Henry Hudson and the Clash of Cultures (Grade 7)

The Dutch in New York (Grade 7, 11)

Introduction to Lenape-Dutch Indians (Grade 7)

Where in the World in Henry Hudson? (Grades 9-12)

 

The American Revolution in the Hudson River Valley

A Suspected Loyalist: Roeloff Josiah Eltinge (Grades 11-12, Common Core)

Women Rioters of the American Revolution (Grades 11-12, Common Core)

Causes of American Revolution

An Empire in the Balance (Grade 11,A.P.)

Battle of Saratoga

Benedict Arnold Lesson Plan (Grade 4)

Locating and Constructing the Chain Across the Hudson (Grade 4)

Economics of the Revolution (Grade 7,11)

Geography of the American Revolution (Grade 11,A.P.)

Loyalists in the American Revolution (Grade 7,8)

Mapping the Revolution in the Hudson Valley (Grade 4)

Stamp Act: Virtual Representation vs. Actual Representation (Grade 11)

Sybil Ludington (Grade 4)

Timeline of the Revolution (Grade 4)

Full "Unit Plan" on the American Revolution (Grade 4)

Washington's Encampment at Fredericksburgh (Grade 7)

Declaration of Independence

Articles of Confederation Unit Plan (Grade 11)

 

Hudson River Valley Artists & Writers

Albert Bierstadt (Grades:7th, adaptable 5th-12th)

John Burroughs Lesson Plan (Grade Level:4th)

Painting the Hudson River Valley: Frederic Church (A Teaching the Hudson River Valley Review lesson)

Jasper Cropsey Lesson Plan (Grades:6thto 8th, adaptable down to 5th)

Locust Grove: Samuel F.B. Morse's DIY Estate (A Teaching the Hudson River Valley Review lesson)

It All Began at Hyde Park: Landscape Architecture in America (A Teaching the Hudson River Valley Review lesson)

Thomas Prichard Rossiter Lesson plan (Grades:6thto 7th, adaptable down to 5thto 8th)

Writing the Hudson River Valley: Edith Wharton (A Teaching the Hudson River Valley Review lesson)

 

Colonial Era

French and Indian War

Huguenot Street, New Paltz Lesson Plan (Grade:6th, adaptable up to 10th)

Huguenot Street Lesson Plan (Grade:3rd)

Puzzle Pieces of Architectural Elements on Early Huguenot Street (Grade Level:5th)

History of Huguenot Street (Grade:6th)

The Houses of Huguenot Street (Grade:5th)

Lesson Plan- Huguenot Street (Grade:5th)

Abraham Hasbrouck House (Grade:7th, adaptable to 6th-9th)

Burial Ground (Grade:7th, adaptable up to 9th)

Huguenot Street: The Church and Family Life (Grade:5th, adaptable up to 9th)

Jean Hasbrouck House (Grade:5th, adaptable up to 7th)

 

The Civil Rights Movement

Music and the Civil Rights Movement (Grade:7/8th)

Struggle for Civil Rights: African American Women (Grade:11/12th)

The Civil Rights Movement(Grade:11th)

Revolutionaries in the Civil Rights Movement(Grade:8th)

Putting the American Civil Rights Movement into an International Context(Grade:9/10th)

The American Dream(Grade:12th)

Civil Rights Act of 1964(Grade:12th)

 

Corridor of Commerce

Haverstraw Brick Factory (Grade Level:3rd)

Full Steam Ahead: Robert Fulton and Robert Livingston (A Teaching the Hudson River Valley Review lesson)

 

FDR & WWII

Civil Liberties and War Powers . Korematsu v. United States (1944) (Grade 11)

Eleanor Roosevelt & Human Rights (Grade 8)

Japanese Internment During WWII (Middle/High School)

Internment: Fears, Justifications, Endurance, Reaction, & Apology (Grade 8,11)

Women and Children in the Great Depression (Grade 8)

The Manhattan Project (Grade 11)

FDR: Court Packing or Court Reform (Grade 8)

The Roosevelt Administration and Messages for Today (Grade 8,11)

The Impact of the Great Depression on Teenagers (Grade 8)

 

Pursuing Justice in the Modern World: Eleanor Roosevelt and American History

Women and Children in the Great Depression (Grade 8)

Eleanor Roosevelt & Human Rights (Grade 8)

The Impact of the Great Depression on Teenagers (Grade 8)

 

Slavery and the Underground Railroad in the Hudson River Valley

Slavery in the Eyes of the Many (Grade 11)

Slavery in New York (Grade 7,11)

Resistance to Slavery (Grade 8)

Children and Slavery (Grade 7,8)

Perspectives on Slavery (G.E.D.)

Abolitionists and their impact on Sectionalism (Grade 11)

 

American History through the Lens of the Supreme Court

Supreme Court Vocabulary Lesson Plan High School (Academic Intervention Services)

Does the Supreme Court Affect Teens?: A Survey of Court Cases General Equivalency Diploma (GED) Social Studies

Schenck v. United States, Lesson Plan (Grade:11th)

James McBride's The Color of Water, Lesson Plan(Grade:11th)

Korematsu v. United States, Lesson Plan(Grade:11th)

The United States Supreme Court as an agent of Social Change, Lesson Plan(Grade:11th)

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