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Welcome to Delaware Public Archives’ 

New Online Education Initiative!

 

The Delaware Public Archives is proud to present this new online collection of lesson plans for Delaware teachers to use in their classrooms. Sponsored by the Friends of the Delaware Archives, this project provides teachers with ready-to-use, standards-based lessons that engage students with a range of primary and secondary sources. In creating this new set of lesson plans the Archives’ partnered closely with Delaware’s education community, including the University of Delaware, Wesley College and the Delaware Department of Education. Delaware teachers created the lessons with careful attention to Delaware’s social studies standards and formatting used in the Delaware Recommended Curriculum. We encourage you to review the lessons and discover what can be used in your classroom!

Special Thanks to the Friends of the Delaware Archives for sponsoring this education project. For more on the Friends (FODA), please see the FODA page found on the Delaware Public Archives’ website. 

 


Maysville Road (1832)

In this lesson, students will study/research the debate over the Maysville Road Veto by Andrew Jackson to establish historical context.

Maysville Rd Map
Maysville Rd

Teacher’s Plan: click here for the Lesson Plan

 

Resources: 

Resource 1 – Henry Clay, “Defense of the American System” (1832)

Resource 2 – Jackson v. Clay & Calhoun 

Resource 3 – Alabama Document

Resource 4 – Delaware Document

Resource 5 – Maysville Rd Map (shown at right) 

 

 

 

 


WWI (1914-1918)

This is a series of lessons or strategies to help students understand how the U.S. Government mobilized consensus and war preparedness during World War I.

 

USS Delaware
RG 9015-028-000: USS Delaware

Teacher’s Plan: click here for the Lesson Plan

Resources: 

SOAPS-Tone Documents:

SOAPS Doc A

SOAPS Doc B

SOAPS Doc C

SOAPS Doc D

 

Poster Analysis:

Posters  |  Poster Analysis

 

 

More Resources:

Wilson Speech  |  DPA Survey  |  Assessment

 


Spanish Flu (1918)

Students will analyze the response of the State of Delaware to the 1918 flu epidemic by examining primary and secondary sources describing the impact of the epidemic on the state of Delaware.

Influenza Emergency Account for the City of New Castle

 

Teacher’s Plan: click here for the Lesson Plan

Presentation:  click here for the Spanish Flu Presentation

 

Resources: 

Document: Synthesis and Simulation

Document A

Document B

Document C

Document D

Document E

Document F

Document G

Documents Appendix

Photographs:

Photo 1 | Photo 2

 


 

Shirley Bulah (1951)

In this lesson, students will read and hear about events in the life of the Bulah family of Hockessin, Delaware as context for analyzing change over time, and understanding how civil rights help protect American citizens and secure our freedom.

 

Hockessin School
RG 8005-000-015: Hockessin School

Teacher’s Plan: click here for the Lesson Plan

Resources: 

Resource 1

Resource 2

Resource 3

Resource 4

Resource 5

Resource 6

Resource 7

Resource 8

 

 


To Bus or Not To Bus? (Segregation) (1956-1978)

In this lesson, students will read letters written by Delaware residents to the Governor to express their opposition to busing mandated by a federal court. Students will evaluate the arguments presented in these sources. There is an AP and non-AP version of the lesson.

 

RG 9015.003.001: Laurel AA School
RG 9015.003.001: Laurel AA School

Teacher’s Plan: click here for the Lesson Plan

Presentation:  click here for the Segregation Presentation  

AP Teacher’s Plan: click here for the AP Lesson Plan

 

Resources: 

Resource 1

Resource 2 (worksheet)

Resource 3 (worksheet)

Resource 4

Resource 5 (worksheet)

 

 


Wilmington Race Riots (1968)

In this lesson, students will compare different perspectives about the presence of the National Guard in Wilmington and identify why they believe the National Guard stayed in Wilmington for over nine months.

Teacher’s Plan: click here for the Lesson Plan

Presentation:  click here for the Race Riots Presentation

 

DE National Guard in Wilmington

 

Resources:

Source 1

Source 2

Source 3

Source 4

Source 5

All Sources

 

 

 

 

Worksheets: 

Document Worksheet | Video Worksheet 

 


DPA Vietnam Mailbag Lesson (1968-1972)

In this lesson, students will read letters written by Delaware soldiers to Nancy E. Lynch’s Vietnam Mailbag newspaper column, which appeared in the Wilmington Morning News, expressing different views on the Vietnam War. Students will understand that a historian’s choice of sources will impact his/her conclusion.

 

mailbag
RG 9200-L11-001: Letter from Vietnam Mailbag Collection

Teacher’s Plan: click here for the Lesson Plan

Presentation:  click here for the Vietnam Mailbag Presentation

 

Resources: 

Resource 1 (worksheet)

Resource 2 (worksheet)

Resource 3 (worksheet)

Resource 4 (additional letters)

Resource 5 (worksheet)

The entire Vietnam Mailbag collection is available to view here.

 

 

 


 

You can also view our original lesson plans for 4th/5th grade and High School students here. Please be aware the primary sources for these are not online. We plan to update and refresh these lessons and create fully online versions.

 


If you would like to contact us about suggestions, issues, corrections and/or for additional materials such as answer keys, please contact us at thomas.summers@state.de.us


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