The curated resources linked below are an initial sample of the resources coming from a collaborative and rigorous review process with the EAD Content Curation Task Force.
This unit introduces students to skills of analyzing historical images and documents. They will explore images and documents related to why immigrants came to the United States and Iowa.
State Historical Society of Iowa
Students investigate barriers to citizenship for immigrants, highlighting how disability was at the core of exclusionary policy from 1882 forward.
Emerging America - Collaborative for Educational Services
This is a two-part lesson that demonstrates natural and human impact on an environment by examining changes in a hypothetical river system over time. In part one, students work in groups to solve a problem during one of four different eras; in part two, students present their problems and solutions in chronological order, thus revealing a story of one river over time. Finally, students discuss water pollution issues in their own community and consider possible ways to address those problems.
Constitutional Rights Foundation
“How does water shape our lives?” is a four-mystery/lesson unit on 19th century industry and immigration which uses the story of William Skinner to help students explore primary sources about push and pull factors, the use of water in the development of industry, and the lives of workers in 19th century Holyoke, Massachusetts.
History's Mysteries Historical Inquiry for Elementary Classrooms
Over the course of three lessons students will analyze primary source documents that present examples of both the romanticization and the cruel realities of American westward migration during the 1800s. Students will read and analyze different types of documents not only to comprehend the language of the text but also to infer the more subtle meanings. Students will use textual evidence to draw conclusions and present arguments as directed in each lesson. Finally, students will participate in a mock debate drawing on the primary sources.
Students investigate the meaning of fairness in society by considering primary sources that present the cases of African American Civil War veterans with and without disabilities.