Secondary Lesson Plans (Grades 8 -12)
These lessons are adaptable for multiple grade levels and specific subject matter.
Note: all files are in PDF format.
- Artifacts in the Classroom (grades 4-12, language arts) file size: 1,645 KB
Students will be able to define “artifact,” “specimen,” and “collection,” will examine an artifact as a source of information, and consider how objects from their own lives may function as artifacts.
- Business Letter Writing (grades 6-8, language arts) file size: 301 KB
Using a letter written in 1799, students will learn about the different types of letter writing today and how to write their own persuasive business letter.
- Civilian Conservation Corps in Mississippi and Bridge Building (grades 4-12, language arts, social studies, science) file size: 20,910 KB
Looking at structures in Tishomingo State Park built by the CCC in 1939, students will learn about the CCC in Mississippi, gain a basic knowledge of the forces torque and stress on a bridge, and how to counteract them through the proper bridge design or engineering techniques.
- Comparing Soldiers in World War II (grades 8-12, language arts, social studies) file size: 29,719 KB
Students will examine primary sources and information in the bibliography to compare and contrast the white soldiers of World War II to African American and other ethnic groups of soldiers in World War II. Using information from text books, handouts, and bibliography information, students will understand the similarities and differences of American soldiers during World War II.
- Confederate Pensions and Prosthetics (grades 8-12, language arts, social studies) file size: 1,862 KB
Using the digital archives provided by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, along with other online sources provided, students will examine documents from the Civil War Pension Papers to understand what life was like after the Civil War for those who fought in it, as well as their families. Students will develop critical thinking skills using historical records and articles to analyze the significance that the Civil War had on the development and marketing of prosthetics for those injured in the war.
- Custom House Comparison (grades 9-12, language arts) file size: 309 KB
Using a letter written in 1799, students will learn about Mississippi’s territorial days, the role of a custom house, the role of development in their community, and how to write their own persuasive business letter.
- Developing a Living History Character (grades 4-9, language arts, social studies) file size: 250 KB
Students will learn how to research and develop a living history character from using primary and secondary sources to collect information about a historical character and writing and presenting a monologue from a historical character’s perspective.
- Discrimination and Diversity: The Constitution, Laws, and Legislation (grades 8-12, social studies, language arts, math) file size: 13,199 KB
Using primary source documents and independent research, students will identify the specific ways in which different ethnic groups within the state of Mississippi have experienced discrimination as a result of legislation ratified by the Mississippi State Congress.
- Early Trading and Talking with Choctaws (grades 4-9, social studies) file size: 970 KB
Using an 18th century notebook, students will learn about the relationship between a family of British traders and their Choctaw clients, be introduced to some basic Choctaw words, and practice their own trading skills.
- Educable Children Records (grades 6-8, language arts, math, social studies) file size: 514 KB
In this lesson students will learn about education and state government by reading a brief history of Educable Children Records, engage in a discussion that compares and contrasts historical documents, and use records to create statistical graphs.
- Explore Stewart’s Natchez (grades 9-12, language arts, social studies) file size: 3,586 KB
Using the digital archives provided by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, maps, and geographical clues, students will use critical thinking skills to examine historic images of Natchez, Mississippi, to understand 19th century life in Natchez.
- Learning Lagniappe Educator Extras: Stewart’s Natchez file size: 46 KB
- Find the Differences: Historic Mississippi School Slides (grades 6-10, social studies) file size: 18,137 KB
Using digitized photographs from the Mississippi Department of Education, students will discover differences between their schools and school photographs taken in the 1920s–1980s. Students will gain an understanding of the differences in school buildings during the 1950s–1960s, school transportation from 1930s–1980s, and sports or playground related activities in the 1940s–1960s.
- The Foner Freedom Summer Papers (grades 9-12, language arts, social studies) file size: 90 KB
Students will integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in the Foner collection (letters, newspaper clippings, etc.) to establish a coherent story of the events that transpired during Freedom Summer.
- Learning Lagniappe Educator Extras: The Foner Papers file size: 48 KB
- Foot Soldiers of the Civil Rights Movement (grades 8-12, language arts, social studies) file size: 6,839 KB
Students will examine the role of everyday people in the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement through the utilization of primary documents.
- Forgotten Mississippi Towns (grades 4-9, language arts, social studies) file size: 3,188 KB
Using digitized historic Mississippi maps students will gain an understanding of changing Mississippi geography, how to use historic maps to plot forgotten towns on current state maps, how to write brief histories on these towns, and create their own museum exhibit.
- Learning Lagniappe Educator Extras: Historical Map Collection file size: 55.3 KB
- Historic Maps Resource Packet file size: 34,772 KB
- Historic Newspapers Resource Packet file size: 129,042 KB
- Franklin D. Roosevelt in Tupelo (grades 9-12, language arts, social studies) file size: 383 KB Students will learn about President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1934 visit to Tupelo, Mississippi, in the context of the Great Depression, the New Deal, and the creation of the Tennessee Valley Authority.
- Freedom Summer: Free to Vote, Free to Learn (grades 8-12, language arts, social studies) file size: 22,823 KB
Students will analyze how education and voting are a basis for freedom and evaluate how Freedom Schools influenced the Civil Rights Movement.
- The Great Flood of 1927 (grades 4-9, language arts, social studies) file size: 421 KB
Students will learn about the Great Flood of 1927, those affected by it, and the flood’s lasting impact on the Mississippi Delta as well as the importance of having an Emergency Plan of their own.
- Learning Lagniappe Educator Extras: 1927 Flood Photographs file size: 54KB
- The Great Migration and Its Effects on the African American Population of Mississippi (grades 8-12, language arts, social studies) file size: 19,078 KB
Through analysis of primary and secondary sources such as images and short stories, students will learn about the time period, causes and effects as well as lasting consequences of the Great Migration.
- The Great Migration Converges with Poetry and the Blues (grades 8-12, language arts, social studies) file size: 45,521 KB
The students will learn and explore the connections between the oppressive conditions of the Jim Crow South, the Great Migration, and the music and literature which grew out of the movement from the South to the North.
- How the African American Experience in World War II Helped End Jim Crow South (grades 7-12, language arts, social studies) file size: 10,502 KB
Students will investigate and discuss how the events of World War II influenced the Civil Rights Movement in the post-war period.
- Miscegenation Law: Mississippi and the Nation (grades 9-12, language arts, social studies) file size: 1,295 KB
Students will learn the long history of Mississippi’s bans on interracial marriage and how the laws evolved over time. They will explore historical documents, learn legal language, analyze media coverage, and explore a cross section of state and federal law. Students will also learn about court cases and legal action that changed state definitions of marriage and expanded rights to interracial couples across the country and the state of Mississippi.
- Mississippi’s 1817 Constitution v. U.S. Constitution (grades 9-10, language arts, social studies) file size: 665 KB
Students will examine and compare similar clauses in the Mississippi Constitution of 1817 and the United States Constitution. You can also visit Historic Jefferson College, the site of the 1817 Constitutional Convention, to learn more.
- Learning Lagniappe Educator Extras: Mississippi’s 1817 Constitution file size: 59 KB
- The Mississippi Civil Rights Movement Through the Work of Medgar Evers (grades 9-12, language arts, social studies) file size: 2,716 KB
Using primary sources from the personal papers of Medgar Evers, students will learn about Evers’ leadership and the risk African American Mississippians were willing to take on the road to achieve civil rights. Students will research biographical details of Evers life and work to create a timeline; analyze documents to gain insight into Evers’ work with the NAACP and the repercussions African Americans faced as they challenged Mississippi’s segregation laws; and make connections between literature and history by reading Eudora Welty’s short story, “Where is the Voice Coming From?”
- The Work of Medgar Evers Resource Packet file size: 41,958 KB
- Mississippi Under British Rule (grades 8-12, language arts, social studies) file size: 318 KB
By reading excerpts from five letters in Governor Chester’s correspondence, students will explore the strategic importance of British West Florida to English plans for retaining their North American colonies.
- Newspaper Accounts of the Civil War (grades 8-12, language arts, social studies) file size: 215 KB
Using the Library of Congress Chronically America website students will examine primary sources to understand the difference between opinions of American Southerners and Northerners about aspects of the Civil War.
- Newspaper Accounts of the Civil War Resource Packet file size: 70,223 KB
- The Primary Sources of Freedom Summer (grades 8-12, language arts, social studies) file size: 73,769 KB
After analyzing primary source documents, students will demonstrate their creativity as they distill factual information and write original songs, raps, or poems and create a documentary about Freedom Summer in 1964.
- The Rapalje Family Notebook (grades 6-8, language arts, math, social studies) file size: 8,313 KB
Using an 18th century personal journal, students will learn about the inhabitants of West Florida and how their lives differ from our own.
- Learning Lagniappe Educator Extras: George Rapalje Notebook file size: 52KB
- Reconstruction at the Old Capitol Museum (grades 8-12, language arts, social studies) file size: 355 KB
Students will learn about Reconstruction in Mississippi by exploring two documents that were passed in the Old Capitol Museum—the Mississippi Black Codes of 1865 and the 1868 Mississippi Constitution. You can also visit the Old Capitol Museum to learn more about events that took place there.
- The Robin Hood of the Mississippi Civil Rights and Human Rights Movements (grades 8-12, language arts, social studies) file size: 630 KB
Students will use the newspaper article “A fight for rights: Movement’s Robin Hood Unmasked” from The Clarion-Ledger by Jerry Mitchell to become more knowledgeable about the roles of private individuals and the significance in the development of American constitutional democracy.
- Ross Barnett and Racism (grades 8-12, language arts, social studies) file size: 26,536 KB
Students will examine primary source material to understand racism in Mississippi history. Students will learn that Governor Ross Barnett and his pro-segregation attitudes were symptomatic of white attitudes during the Civil Rights Movement; examine campaign materials and racist propaganda; and analyze how this entrenched racism affected Ross Barnett’s response to James Meredith’s attempts to register at the University of Mississippi.
- Satires and Spoofs – History and Hot Topics (grades 9-12, language arts, social studies) file size: 330 KB
Students will learn to identify satire and a satirical point of view in text by distinguishing between what is directly stated in a text and what is really meant.
- Separate but Not Equal: Mississippi Education (grades 8-12, language arts, social studies) file size: 524 KB
Students will understand the framing of the 1890 Mississippi Constitution in regards to disenfranchisement of African Americans; they will analyze the impact of the Supreme Court ruling of Plessy v. Ferguson in the perpetuation of segregation and racial inequality; compare and contrast African American and white schools in Mississippi; write a literary analysis about the attitude of Mississippi/Southern government officials towards the education of African Americans, citing specific evidence from both fiction and nonfiction excerpts; and identify differences between primary and secondary resources.
- Silas Dinsmoor Indian Agent and His Travels (grades 6-12, language arts, math, social studies) file size: 279 KB
Using a historic letter describing a journey through the Mississippi Territory in 1803, students will gain an understanding of politics, Native Americans and settler relations, and travel and will learn about the importance and challenges of creating accurate transcriptions of primary documents.
- Silas Dinsmoor Indian Agent Resource Packet file size: 44,044 KB
- Welty and the Craft of Writing (grades 8-12, language arts) file size: 90 KB
Films of Eudora Welty reading three of her most famous short stories are studied with the help of manuscripts, correspondence, and photographs relating to each story. You can also visit the Eudora Welty House and Garden to learn more about this Pulitzer Prize winning author.
- The Whistle (grades 8-12, language arts) file size: 147 KB
Based on Eudora Welty’s story “The Whistle,” this lesson explores the concept of the creative imagination using writing, song, and photography. You can also visit the Eudora Welty House and Garden to learn more about this Pulitzer Prize winning author.
- Woman Suffrage Movement in Mississippi (grades 6-12, language arts, math, social studies) file size: 875 KB
Students will examine constitutional and legal primary resources and biographies to understand the difference between the National Woman Suffrage and Mississippi Suffrage Movements. Using data from multiple U.S. Census records students will gain a greater understanding of the importance of the Woman Suffrage Movement and how it led to the Civil Rights Movement and other equal rights movements in U.S. history.
- World War I Doughboys (grades 8-12, language arts, social studies) file size: 664 KB
Students will perform a close reading of factual and fictional writings by and about soldiers in World War I. By analyzing and comparing excerpts from well-known literary works students will gain a deeper understanding of the violence and traumatic effects of World War I on the soldiers who participated.