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Active Viewing: The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter

In this activity, students watch film clips from the documentary The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter, decode a propaganda poster, and analyze statistics about working women during World War II.  Parts of this activity can be completed without [...]

FDR's Tree Army: Personal Turning Points in the CCC

In this activity students learn about the goals of the Civilian Conservation Corps and the opportunities it provided for young men. Students create poster presentations about different aspects of the CCC by combining photographs and quotes from [...]

Active Viewing: Savage Acts

This activity is designed to help students understand key ideas from the documentary film Savage Acts: Wars, Fairs, and Empire 1898-1904. The film is divided into short segments with suggested viewing strategies and questions to keep students [...]

Active Viewing Worksheet: Dr. Toer's Amazing Magic Lantern Show

This worksheet helps students take notes as they watch the Dr. Toer's documentary on the progress and problems experienced by freed slaves during Reconstruction.

Active Viewing: Up South Activity Writing Prompt

This is a writing prompt for the Active Viewing: Up South activity.

Active Viewing: Up South

In this activity, students watch the ASHP documentary Up South: African-American Migration in the Era of the Great War with documents and exercises designed to support and reinforce the documentary's key concepts of Jim Crow, lynching, [...]

Active Viewing: Up South vocabulary sheet

These words and phrases from the Up South documentary may be unfamiliar to students.

Active Viewing: Up South worksheet

This worksheet is designed to help students organize information from the documentary Up South: African-American Migration in the Era of the Great War.

Active Viewing: 1877: The Grand Army of Starvation

In this activity, students watch a short clip from the ASHP documentary 1877: The Grand Army of Starvation to learn about the impact of railroad expansion on Americans and the nation as a whole. After watching the clip, students complete the [...]

Active Viewing: Heaven Will Protect the Working Girl "Setting the Scene" worksheet

This worksheet is designed to help students focus on the information presented during the first two minutes of the Heaven Will Protect the Working Girl documentary.