200 Alabama Bicentennial

Celebrating Alabama’s 200th birthday2017 2018 2019

Resources

  • Memories of a Journey

    Before the lesson, students will have read "Go South to Freedom" which depicts a slave and his family's escape to freedom. For this portion of the lesson, we will read a portion of this primary resource. We will focus specifically on the author's journey from Georgia to Alabama. We will focus on the obstacles faced during their journey and efforts to settle in the new land. We will then compare both journeys to new lands, looking at how both were a choice for a better life, but one was an escape while the other was for more economical reasons. We will look deeper into the outcomes of these decisions and how the reasons behind the journeys affected the journey itself.

    ALCOS Social Studies Content Standard Grade(s): 5

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  • Traversing Frontier Alabama

    The document, excerpt from "Vicissitudes in the Wilderness" the journal of Peggy Dow, is a first hand account of what life was like on the frontier in early Alabama. Make copies of document and distribute to students. Read the diary excerpt aloud as students follow along. Ask students to identify the person who wrote the diary and those who traveled along with her. Ask students to make a list of the landscape, accommodations, traveling conditions, and acquaintances met along the way. Ask students to describe the writer, i.e. educated, poor, adventurous, resourceful, etc. Discuss why the author was anxious while moving through Creek Indian territory. Using a current highway map of Alabama, ask students to locate the path of the writer. Using a map of the region, ask students to compare the geographic features of the Alabama towns from the authors diary to those today. Ask students to assume the role of one of the author of the diary and compose a diary similar to the example given of a trip they took and to write a letter describing his/her experiences while traveling in Alabama. Students should compare and contrast the experiences of the diary's author and their experiences on a trip. In conclusion, students should make a sketch of their view of what Alabama looked like during the early frontier days of Alabama.

    ALCOS Social Studies Content Standard Grade(s): 10

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  • School Days

    Students will explore an article about education in the early nineteenth century and a newspaper article from 1818 to determine what education was like in the early nineteenth century. Students will investigate the documents and find text evidence to find out what schools were like in the early nineteenth century. Students will use their findings to write a story.

    ALCOS Social Studies Content Standard Grade(s): 4

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  • Letting Off Some Steam

    In this lesson, students will explore the invention of the steamboat and the role it played in the economy, transportation, and culture of the lifestyles of plantation owners, yeoman farmers, slaves, and townspeople of early nineteenth-century Alabama. Students will compare and contrast steamboats, wagons, and stagecoaches as different modes of transportation for goods as well as people. Students will create a steamboat advertisement to illustrate the importance of the invention of the steamboat in Alabama.

    ALCOS Social Studies Content Standard Grade(s): 4

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  • School is in Session!

    In this lesson, students will be able to describe cultural aspects of early nineteenth century townspeople by reading a newspaper article describing the opening of a new school. Students will also be able to discuss, infer, and write from a variety of perspectives when explaining the roles of various people mentioned in the article.

    ALCOS Social Studies Content Standard Grade(s): 4

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  • Alabama Pine Barren

    Students will read a description of the pine barrens by Basil Hall and analyze the text by using the 3-2-1 strategy. Students will discuss the life and work of Basil Hall, including his travels and journaling in North America. They will observe how a camera lucida functions and debate whether using a camera lucida is "cheating" in art. Next, students will venture outside to create a sketch of their environment while appropriately utilizing materials. They will compare and contrast their products to the sketches of Basil Hall and critique each other's work.

    ALCOS Social Studies Content Standard Grade(s): 3, 4, 5

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  • You Don’t Have Mail!

    This lesson will provide students with two primary documents, a drawing of a postal stagecoach and a newspaper article outlining the difficulties of mail delivery. Students will complete a graphic organizer to provide evidence that details a specific perspective described in the documents. Students will examine the cultural and economic aspects of the early nineteenth century and will refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences. Students will be able to explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points of view.

    ALCOS Social Studies Content Standard Grade(s): 4

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