Ideas That Unite Us as Americans

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A companion to the free TCI lesson found at: http://bit.ly/yVmmZS , this lesson allows students to pretend to be archivists working to sort into collections new artifacts related to symbols of America. The lesson can be scaled up or down depending on your class needs, time, and taste. It's free! From the makers of History Alive and award winning software. Learn more about us at www.teachtci.com.

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  • Note to Teacher: Since students will not complete all nine artifacts, make sure there is a mix of artifacts given out to ensure at least two-three groups sort each artifact.
  • Note to Teacher: Though students will be looking for the “Best” collection, the idea is to really get them talking and thinking about these primary sources. Encourage students to vigorously defend their choices, but also knowing there may not really be a “best” collection.
  • Note to Teacher: Encourage students to take notes for artifacts that their group did not sort based on what they hear from their classmates. Consider summing those points up before moving to the next artifact.
  • Note to Teacher: Encourage students to take notes for artifacts that their group did not sort based on what they hear from their classmates. Consider summing those points up before moving to the next artifact.
  • Note to Teacher: Encourage students to take notes for artifacts that their group did not sort based on what they hear from their classmates. Consider summing those points up before moving to the next artifact.
  • Note to Teacher: Encourage students to take notes for artifacts that their group did not sort based on what they hear from their classmates. Consider summing those points up before moving to the next artifact.
  • Note to Teacher: Encourage students to take notes for artifacts that their group did not sort based on what they hear from their classmates. Consider summing those points up before moving to the next artifact.
  • Note to Teacher: Encourage students to take notes for artifacts that their group did not sort based on what they hear from their classmates. Consider summing those points up before moving to the next artifact.
  • Note to Teacher: Encourage students to take notes for artifacts that their group did not sort based on what they hear from their classmates. Consider summing those points up before moving to the next artifact.
  • Note to Teacher: Encourage students to take notes for artifacts that their group did not sort based on what they hear from their classmates. Consider summing those points up before moving to the next artifact.
  • Note to Teacher: Encourage students to take notes for artifacts that their group did not sort based on what they hear from their classmates. Consider summing those points up before moving to the next artifact.
  • Note to Teacher: Encourage students to take notes for artifacts that their group did not sort based on what they hear from their classmates. Consider summing those points up before moving to the next artifact.
  • Ideas That Unite Us as Americans

    1. 1. Ideas That Unite Us as Americans
    2. 2. Preview
    3. 3. Ideas That Unite Us as AmericansAs you listen to this song, follow alongwith the lyrics, and be prepared toanswer the three questions at the bottomof your Preview.1. Who was the composer of this song?2. How would you describe this song to a friend?3. Why do the ideas expressed in the song unite us as Americans?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1rKQReqJZg
    4. 4. Ideas That Unite Us as AmericansWhile “God Bless America” is a verypopular patriotic song, it is not ournational anthem.Francis Scott Key’s “Star SpangledBanner” is our national anthem. Keywrote the poem that became the lyrics tothe song during the Battle ofFt. McHenry (Baltimore) during the Warof 1812.Can you think of other patriotic songssimilar to “God Bless America”?
    5. 5. Activity:Social Studies Skill Builder
    6. 6. Ideas That Unite Us as AmericansWhat are three details yousee in this picture?Notice the document in herhand, it looks old. Wheremight you find olddocuments?Why would it be importantto keep and protectdocuments, pictures, video,and audio related to eventsin America? This is Tina L. Ligon, Archivist at the National Archives and Records Administration in College Park, Maryland. Tina views Navy Deck logs in the stacks at the National Archives. She oversees all activities related to the processing and procuring of supplies for this project, as well as supervising nine student workers. Source: http://blogs.archives.gov/online-public-access/?p=4723
    7. 7. Ideas That Unite Us as AmericansArchivists help to catalogand sort artifacts so thatthey can be preserved forgenerations of people toread, view, and listen.When on display, archivesare usually grouped intocollections. Collectionsare artifacts that share atheme, author, or topic.
    8. 8. Ideas That Unite Us as AmericansIn this activity, you willpretend to be an archivistlike Tina, working at theNational Archives.Your task will be to sortthree artifacts given to youby your teacher into acollection that will be usedin a display entitled, “IdeasThat Unite Us asAmericans.”Let’s model how you willdo this.
    9. 9. Ideas That Unite Us as AmericansConsider the recording of the song thatwe listened to.Talk it over with your partner and decidewhich of the following collections thisartifact would be best suited for. Beprepared to share and tell why youchose a collection.A. Artifacts related to early radio.B. Artifacts related to the life and works of Kate Smith.C. Artifacts related to the life and works of Irving Berlin.
    10. 10. Ideas That Unite Us as AmericansWhich collection did you and yourpartner decide would be best for KateSmith’s rendition of “God BlessAmerica”?Now that you’ve had a little practice,let’s get hard at work. You will be giventhree artifacts to sort into collections. Atthe end of the activity, your group will begiven the chance to tell everyone whichcollection you choose and why. Hereare the procedures for completing thistask.
    11. 11. Ideas That Unite Us as AmericansLook at Student Handout 1 and followalong as I read aloud.Questions?Begin.
    12. 12. Ideas That Unite Us as AmericansLet’s debrief! When I project one of theartifacts that your group sorted, haveyour presenter stand up. You willpresent three times during this portionof the lesson. You are to alternate whoshares with the class.The first group called on will answereach of these three questions, withremaining groups answering just thethird.1. What is this artifact?2. What person or group of people is related to this artifact?3. What topic best describes this artifact?
    13. 13. Ideas That Unite Us as Americans1. What is this artifact?2. What person or group of people is related to this artifact?3. What topic best describes this artifact?
    14. 14. Ideas That Unite Us as Americans1. What is this artifact?2. What person or group of people is related to this artifact?3. What topic best describes this artifact?
    15. 15. Ideas That Unite Us as Americans1. What is this artifact?2. What person or group of people is related to this artifact?3. What topic best describes this artifact?
    16. 16. Ideas That Unite Us as Americans1. What is this artifact?2. What person or group of people is related to this artifact?3. What topic best describes this artifact?
    17. 17. Ideas That Unite Us as Americans1. What is this artifact?2. What person or group of people is related to this artifact?3. What topic best describes this artifact?
    18. 18. Ideas That Unite Us as Americans1. What is this artifact?2. What person or group of people is related to this artifact?3. What topic best describes this artifact?
    19. 19. Ideas That Unite Us as Americans1. What is this artifact?2. What person or group of people is related to this artifact?3. What topic best describes this artifact?
    20. 20. Ideas That Unite Us as Americans1. What is this artifact?2. What person or group of people is related to this artifact?3. What topic best describes this artifact?
    21. 21. Ideas That Unite Us as Americans1. What is this artifact?2. What person or group of people is related to this artifact?3. What topic best describes this artifact?
    22. 22. Processing
    23. 23. Ideas That Unite Us as AmericansDirectionsYou will now design a display for oneartifact that would be suitable for publicviewing at the National Archives inWashington D.C. Your display mustinclude ALL of the following:• A colorful sketch of the artifact• Three important facts about the artifact or topic.• One paragraph that describes the reason this artifact is an example of an idea that unites us as Americans.

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