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These lessons are adaptable for multiple grade levels and specific subject matter.

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?”

  • 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.
  • 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 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.

  • 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.