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Anishinabeg Oral Traditions

History | 4th Grade, 5th Grade

This lesson helps third grade students answer the question, "What was life like for the Native Americans who lived in Michigan before the arrival of Europeans?" through the exploration or oral storytelling traditions.

Automobile Industry Economy

Economics | 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

This lesson provides students in grades nine through twelve with an in-depth study of economic functions both within and outside of a community. Through primary sources, students will gain a historical view of economic functions.

Canal Boats to Michigan, 1820-1850

History | 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade

Students in grades six through eight will gain an understanding of the Erie Canal and its importance to Detroit and Michigan through map work, discussion, research and a culminating written assessment. Research topics are suggested.

Compare and Contrast Detroit: 1701 and 2011

History | 4th Grade, 5th Grade

The lesson helps third grade students answer the question, "How has Detroit changed between the late 17th century and today?" through map and primary source analysis.

Detroit 1967: Inter-generational Class Oral History Project

History | 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

Students will understand what oral history is and why it is important to historical record. Students will select people to interview, develop appropriate questions to the topic, conduct interviews, and analyze the results of the interview. This lesson may be used independently in class, or in conjunction with a class visit to the Detroit 67: Perspectives exhibition on display until 2020.

Detroit 1967: Learning from Oral Histories

History | 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

In this lesson, students will read several excerpts from oral histories about the unrest of 1967. Each of these sources provides a different name for, perspective about and/or account of the events. Students will use critical thinking skills to analyze each point of view and develop their own perspective on what happened.

Detroit 1967: Learning from Photographs

History | 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

In this lesson, high school students will gain a basic understanding of the causes, events, and impacts of the 1967 unrest. However, instead of simply reading a text for comprehension, they will approach the material through the process of historical inquiry.

Detroit and the Suburbs

History | 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

Through this lesson, students in grades nine through twelve gain a better understanding and a deeper knowledge of how a city or cities and suburbs rely on each other.

Detroit and the Underground Railroad

History | 4th Grade, 5th Grade

This lesson helps fourth grade students answer the question, "What role did Detroit and Detroiters play in the Underground Railroad?" through primary source analysis and discussion.

Detroit Becomes a City

History | 4th Grade, 5th Grade

This lesson helps fourth grade students answer the question, "What did Detroit look like and how did it change between 1825 and 1865?" through primary source analysis and discussion.

DETROIT DURING WWII: MOBILIZATION OF INDUSTRY

History | 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

High school students will investigate how the Detroit metropolitan industrial complex was mobilized to build war materials. Students will discover the significance of William S. Knudsen in aiding the federal government’s efforts to convert major industries production into war time materials.

DETROIT DURING WWII: NORWAYNE WELCOMING COMMITTEE

History | 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

The Norwayne Welcoming Committee lesson uses primary sources, maps and role playing to help students critically examine and understand the housing shortage crisis generated by the onset of WWII.

DETROIT DURING WWII: PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SOURCES

History | 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

Students in sixth through twefth grades will research and identify artifacts as primary or secondary sources – validating facts supporting the “Arsenal of Democracy” of WWII. Detroit and its suburban areas played an important part in the development manufacturing that supported the troops of WWII and the eventual victory of the Allies.

DETROIT DURING WWII: WAR PRODUCTION AND RACIAL TENSION

History | 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

Wartime production of WWII within Detroit and its suburban areas played an important part to support the troops and the eventual victory, but at what cost? It is the role of this lesson to allow high school students to research and share their findings with one another in an effort to understand the actions that led to Detroit being labeled the “union city,” forever changing the infrastructure of Detroit.

DETROIT DURING WWII: WHEN TOYS WENT TO WAR

History | 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

This lesson will enable high school students to explore the rise of Wyandotte toys into one of the most successful toy companies in the world, its role in WWII, and the adjustments the company had to make after the war was over.

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