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New Lesson Plan: Unexpected Connections: Using Local Primary Sources to Analyze the Five Factors of Community Development in World History

Published on Mon, 04/11/2016

[caption id="attachment_9184" align="alignright" width="300"]Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1632 Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1632[/caption] Produced during the National Endowment for Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop – Forge of Innovation: The Springfield Armory and the Genesis of American Industry, in the summer of 2015, the following 4 day lesson plan weaves together both local and medieval history to provide a truly unique learning experience for students. The lesson establishes five main factors leading towards the development of communities: Settlement, Agriculture, Towns, Population Growth, and Industrialization. Each factor is then examined in the context of primary source documentation using the Library of Congress Primary Source Analysis Tool. Students will enjoy the opportunity to work collectively in groups prior to demonstrating their understanding of an assigned factor to the class as a whole. Knowledge gained from this lesson will provide a valuable base of knowledge for discussion throughout the school year and address transfer goals in economics and sociology. View more details, or download and access the primary source set online Emerging America brings this lesson to you thanks to the outstanding primary sources and materials provided by the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Aligned to the Common Core and National History Standards.

Karen Albano

former History eNews Editor, Emerging America
Karen Albano worked with Emerging America from 2015-2020, contributing to many facets of the program including developing curriculum, improving the accessibility of the website to educators, overseeing social media outreach, and editing the History eNews.