UCBHSSP Lessons

This list includes lessons created by teachers in our programs as well as in collaboration with UCBHSSP staff and graduate students. Search the database for lessons aligned to the appropriate grade level standards.

Grade Lesson Topic Focus Question/Lesson Description Lesson File Includes Primary Sources? CA Unit Content Standard
8th

Perspectives of People During the Civil War

What influences a person's perspective? What shapes a person's perspective? Download Yes 8.10
8th

Lincoln: How a Face Tells the Story of War

How did Lincoln’s appearance and words - from the Cooper’s Union Speech in February of 1860 to the Second Inaugural Address in March of 1865 – reflect his changing sentiments in regards to the Civil War? This lesson includes art analysis, instruction on making meaning of primary source speeches, DAMPS version of CAMPS, and analysis of paragraphs and specific evidence. Download Yes 8.10
8th

Anti-Black movements in post Reconstruction America

How were the rights of African Americans, guaranteed by Congress in the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, later restricted? Download Yes 8.11
8th

Economics of Sharecropping During Reconstruction

How did the development of the cotton gin impact the economy of the agrarian south and lead to the increased dependency on slavery? This lesson includes sentence deconstruction, visual source analysis, various paragraph outlines, compare and contrast techniques, various paragraph outlines, and work with various writing components. Download Yes 8.11
8th

Indian Wars 

How did the relationship between the federal government and the Sioux change as federal policies toward Plains Indians evolve? This lesson includes primary source analysis and paragraph outlines. Download Yes 8.12
8th

Immigration and Industrialization in the North 

How did immigration affect society in the North in the 19th century? This lesson includes visual source analysis and paragraph outlines. Download Yes 8.12
8th

The Mayflower Compact

How did the Pilgrims use the Mayflower Compact to justify forming a new colony in North America? This lesson includes an evidence selection worksheet, a cause and effect chart, and a grammar chart. Download Yes 8.2
8th

State Constitutions 

How did state constitutions define the rights of citizens? Download Yes 8.2
8th

Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship

Why is it important for citizens to understand their rights and responsibilities, in order to be a good citizen? Download No 8.3
8th

Hamilton and Government Debt

How and why do federal and state governments borrow money? Point of view analysis and paragraph identification. Download Yes 8.3
8th

Political Parties Begin

How did Hamilton’s ideas about the American political system differ from and Jefferson’s ideas? This lesson includes sentence deconstruction techniques, compare and contrast using a Venn diagram, and essay outlining. Download Yes 8.3
8th

Political Parties Begin

How did the conflicts between Jefferson and Hamilton shape the politics of the nation? Download Yes 8.3
8th

Washington Irving and James Fenimore Cooper 

How do Washington Irving and James Fenimore Cooper reflect and influence American writing and artists in the new republic? This lesson includes cause and effect overview and art analysis as a tool of context understanding. Download Yes 8.4
8th

Women’s Rights

How and why was the Declaration of Sentiments modeled after the Declaration of Independence? Download Yes 8.6
8th

Slavery: Punishment and Resistance 

How did slave resistance impact the southern plantation and economy? This lesson includes instruction on the primary source reading strategy of E.A.R.S. (Evidence, Analysis, Relevance, Source). Download Yes 8.7
8th

Jackson's Indian Removal

How were Native Americans affected by Jacksonian Democracy? During the Age of Jackson, individual rights for white males expanded, yet at the same time, Jackson’s policies limited the rights of non-whites, including Native Americans. Includes sentence deconstruction and cause & effect strategies. Download Yes 8.8
8th

Gold Rush Population Explosion

How did the Gold Rush impact California’s population and economy? This lesson includes and cause and effect chart and primary source analysis instruction. Download Yes 8.8
8th

The Border Crossed Me! Mexican Americans and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

How effective was the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in securing the rights of Mexicans living in the territory of the Mexican Cession? Download Yes 8.8
8th

Antislavery Movements

How did members of the Antislavery movement differ in motivation and strategy? Download Yes 8.9
8th

Civil War

How did slavery contribute to the onset of the Civil War? Download Yes 8.9
8th
How did John Brown affect the movement to abolish slavery?
How did John Brown affect the movement to abolish slavery? This lesson includes cause and effect and art analysis. Download Yes 8.9
8th

Sectionalism and the Missouri Compromise

How did Americans’ movement to the West contribute to tension between the North and the South? This lesson includes sentence deconstruction and group paragraph analysis of specific evidence and topic sentences. Download Yes 8.9
Multiple

Historical perspectives of tension/violence between black community and police in the United States. 

How has the historical relationship between law enforcement and communities of color created different perspectives regarding the violence of the summer of 2016? Download Yes
Multiple

The Role of Media in Black Activism

Over the last century, how have black activists used different forms of media to spread the word about state-sanctioned violence against the black community? Download Yes
Multiple

Playing ‘Rigged Monopoly’ to Explore the Legacy of Inequality

How can society address economic inequities created during slavery and that continued to the present following the federal abandonment of Reconstruction policies? Download No
Multiple

This lesson is intended as a lesson to begin the year. The lesson asks students to reflect on their own definition of history and why the study of history is important. 

Why should we study history? Download

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