The lesson plans on this page feature sources and themes from this project. Each plan is built using the Inquiry Design Model (IDM) which was developed by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS). This instructional template serves as a comprehensive framework for designing inquiry-based lesson plans in social studies education. The rationale behind using the IDM, particularly when incorporating primary and secondary source sets, lies in its ability to foster critical thinking, historical analysis, and a deeper understanding of complex issues among students. Lesson plans structured around the IDM guide students in constructing narratives based on evidence, understanding the complexities of historical events, and appreciating the perspectives of different historical actors.

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Educational Resources

How did the end of Slavery impact the Northern United States?

Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington: 4th-5th Grade

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The Great Migration

1916-1970: Middle School

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Latino Community in DeKalb County

1930s-1950s: High School

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Racial Exclusion in the Northern US

1920s-1950s: High School

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