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Ch 1: Early American Republic Lesson Plans

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Get informative lesson plans that will help you teach your students about the history of the early American Republic. These lessons and lesson plans will allow your students to learn about the key topics and events in this era of American history.

Early American Republic Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

You can avoid the stress of having to create your own lesson plans on early American history by using our helpful lesson plans that we have included in this online chapter! Feel free to use these lesson plans to teach your students about the major events and related topics of the early American Republic. This course includes lesson plans on:

  • The Alien and Sedition Acts
  • Slavery in America
  • The 1800 Presidential election
  • The Louisiana Purchase
  • The War of 1812

The chapter also contains lessons on each of the topics covered by the lesson plans. Taken as a whole, this chapter offers you all of the educational resources your students will need to learn about this subject!

How It Helps

  • Historical timeline: Ensures that your students can place these historical events in a comprehensive timeline of American history
  • Topic summaries: Provides summaries of the major events that occurred during the early history of America
  • Political issues: Offers information and analysis of the most significant political issues affecting early America

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning early American history lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific early American history topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your history class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related early American history lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important historical concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant early American history-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

47 Lessons in Chapter 1: Early American Republic Lesson Plans
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Shays' Rebellion: Definition & Summary

1. Shays' Rebellion: Definition & Summary

Every day across the United States, homeowners that have been affected by the recession are having their homes foreclosed on. Their only option is to figure out a way to pay off their debt in a timely manner or vacate their homes. In the 1780s, several farmers decided to take a stand against the government foreclosing on their homes and farms. Learn here about Daniel Shays and the rebellion he led.

Whiskey Rebellion Lesson Plan

2. Whiskey Rebellion Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan and materials from Study.com, you'll have everything you need to help your students better understand the events of the Whiskey Rebellion and the Battle of Fallen Timbers.

The Whiskey Rebellion and Battle of Fallen Timbers

3. The Whiskey Rebellion and Battle of Fallen Timbers

In the early days of the U.S., President Washington and the new government were tested by foreign and domestic issues. How these issues were dealt with would establish the young nation's position. Domestically, the Whiskey Rebellion and the Battle of Fallen Timbers demonstrated how rebellion and territorial issues would be decided.

The Great Compromise Lesson Plan

4. The Great Compromise Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the Great Compromise. An anchor video lesson explains the Great Compromise and steps students through historical events that led to its conception. Discussion questions, a quiz and activities are weaved in for maximum understanding.

The Great Compromise of 1787: Definition & Explanation

5. The Great Compromise of 1787: Definition & Explanation

The originators of the Great Compromise faced demanding challenges in creating a lasting governmental structure. Learn how they overcame their differences and shaped what became the basic government of the United States.

The XYZ Affair Lesson Plan

6. The XYZ Affair Lesson Plan

Understanding the XYZ Affair will be as easy as ABC with this lesson plan from Study.com. It helps your students comprehend how the French Revolution had a direct impact on domestic politics in the United States.

The XYZ Affair: Definition, Summary & Significance

7. The XYZ Affair: Definition, Summary & Significance

This lesson discusses the XYZ Affair. Learn more about the breakdown in diplomatic relations between the United States and France at the end of the 18th century, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Abigail Adams Lesson Plan

8. Abigail Adams Lesson Plan

Abigail Adams was an influential early American known for her influence in politics. Teach students about her life and accomplishments with this lesson plan in which students read an informational text, ask and answer questions, then apply concepts to a hands-on biography activity.

Abigail Adams: Biography, Facts & Accomplishments

9. Abigail Adams: Biography, Facts & Accomplishments

Abigail Adams was the wife of President John Adams and the mother of John Quincy Adams. She proved to be much more than a figure head first lady, as she had great influence with President Adams.

Alien and Sedition Acts Lesson Plan

10. Alien and Sedition Acts Lesson Plan

Were the Alien and Sedition Acts a plan against freedom or a necessary evil during a time of instability? With this lesson plan, your students will be able to make up their own minds.

What is the Alien Act of 1798? - Definition & Overview

11. What is the Alien Act of 1798? - Definition & Overview

The Alien Act of 1798 was a part of the larger Alien and Sedition Acts passed by the Federalists in Congress. It gave the president the authority to deport aliens based solely on his judgment.

Sedition Act of 1798: Definition & Summary

12. Sedition Act of 1798: Definition & Summary

In this lesson, define the Sedition Act of 1798, learn about the historical events that led to its passage, and understand the important consequences it had on the First Amendment.

Presidential Election of 1800: Candidates, Summary & Significance

13. Presidential Election of 1800: Candidates, Summary & Significance

In this lesson, you'll learn about the candidates who ran for president in 1800, the issues that divided them, the historical significance of the election, and why this election was termed the 'Revolution of 1800.'

Slavery in America Lesson Plan

14. Slavery in America Lesson Plan

This lesson plan uses an engaging video to outline key concepts related to slavery. Students will learn about the roots of slavery, how it spread, how slaves lived, and how they revolted. Discussion questions and a culminating activity help concepts stick.

Slavery in America: Cotton, Slave Trade and the Southern Response

15. Slavery in America: Cotton, Slave Trade and the Southern Response

The United Sates was conceived on the idea of freedom and the rights of all people, but early on, an institution took hold that was the exact opposite of that idea. In this lesson, find out the roots of slavery in the States, how it took hold, how slaves lived, and how they resisted the bonds of slavery.

The Lewis and Clark Expedition: Route, Timeline & Facts

16. The Lewis and Clark Expedition: Route, Timeline & Facts

Explore the history, routes, and significance of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and test your understanding of early American history, pioneers, and the expansion of the United States.

Johnny Appleseed Lesson Plan

17. Johnny Appleseed Lesson Plan

Why is Johnny Appleseed considered a memorable American folk hero? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to support guided discussion and an apple-centric activity to create a sticky learning experience for your students.

Johnny Appleseed Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography

18. Johnny Appleseed Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography

While his character is a folk hero, Johnny Appleseed was actually a man who lived in the 1700's. In this lesson, you'll learn all about the life of Johnny Appleseed, as well as some interesting facts.

Daniel Boone Lesson Plan

19. Daniel Boone Lesson Plan

Daniel Boone was an American pioneer of great historical significance. This lesson plan uses a text lesson to provide students with key facts about Boone's life, a mapping activity to trace his travels, and a fun game to test students' new-found knowledge.

Daniel Boone Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

20. Daniel Boone Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

Daniel Boone is known as one of the greatest explorers and pioneers of the 1700s. During this lesson you will learn about how Daniel Boone helped expand the United States by discovering Kentucky and become a folk hero.

Northwest Ordinance Lesson Plan

21. Northwest Ordinance Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will provide you with a quiz, discussion questions and topics, an activity, and key vocabulary that will help students learn about the Northwest Ordinance.

The Northwest Ordinance: Definition & Summary

22. The Northwest Ordinance: Definition & Summary

In this lesson, we will learn about the Northwest Ordinance, the 1787 act of Congress that laid the groundwork for adding new territory to the United States.

The Three-Fifths Compromise Lesson Plan

23. The Three-Fifths Compromise Lesson Plan

This lesson plan revolves around a video lesson on the Three-Fifths Compromise. It will provide a quiz, an activity, and discussion points that will help students understand the various issues surrounding the Three-Fifths Compromise.

The Three-Fifths Compromise: Definition & Summary

24. The Three-Fifths Compromise: Definition & Summary

While drafting the Constitution, the Founding Fathers argued about how slavery and representation could coexist. Learn here why the Founders decided to allow some, but not all, slaves to count toward states' population.

The Northwest Ordinance Lesson Plan for Elementary School

25. The Northwest Ordinance Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teach your students what the Northwest Ordinance was and why it was established with this lesson plan. After reading our informational text lesson, students will complete an activity and take a quiz.

The Great Compromise Lesson Plan for Elementary School

26. The Great Compromise Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Most students have had to learn to compromise with others in one way or another. This lesson looks at The Great Compromise - an event back in 1787 during which members of the United States government had to learn to compromise.

The Great Compromise Lesson for Kids

27. The Great Compromise Lesson for Kids

Sometimes it's hard to get along with others. In this lesson, find out how the United States government struggled to get along in 1787. Find out what the Great Compromise was and why it was important.

Whiskey Rebellion Lesson Plan for Elementary School

28. Whiskey Rebellion Lesson Plan for Elementary School

This lesson plan explains the Whiskey Rebellion and its role in early America. Students will read a text lesson on the topic, do a real-life simulation for context, and then show their understanding with a fun activity.

Articles of Confederation & Shays' Rebellion Lesson Plan

29. Articles of Confederation & Shays' Rebellion Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about how Shays' Rebellion reflected the failures of the Articles of Confederation. They will articulate these ideas by proposing their own changes to the Articles of Confederation.

Henry Clay Lesson Plan

30. Henry Clay Lesson Plan

Have your students heard of Henry Clay? They may be learning about his important roles in the American System. Check out this lesson plan to engage your students as they learn about the impact Henry Clay has left on America.

Transportation Revolution Lesson Plan

31. Transportation Revolution Lesson Plan

The transportation revolution not only changed the way we get around, but altered the face of America. This lesson plan uses a video lesson to summarize key points. An activity highlights important facts about the modes of transportation that emerged at this point in history.

Benjamin Banneker Lesson Plan

32. Benjamin Banneker Lesson Plan

Who was Benjamin Banneker and why does he hold an important place in our country's history? This lesson plan uses an engaging video lesson and an activity to highlight key facts about the life and legacy of Benjamin Banneker.

Benjamin Banneker: Biography, Facts & Inventions

33. Benjamin Banneker: Biography, Facts & Inventions

Learn about the great African American scientist, mathematician, and inventor, Benjamin Banneker. His life, career, and legacy are a testament to the great mental improvement one can achieve.

Benjamin Banneker Activities

34. Benjamin Banneker Activities

Are your students learning about the very successful African American Benjamin Banneker? This lesson provides various opportunities for students to engage in meaningful activities while gaining knowledge of the famous Benjamin Banneker.

Benjamin Banneker Activities for Kids

35. Benjamin Banneker Activities for Kids

This lesson provides activities that introduce Benjamin Banneker to elementary students. Students can create marshmallow constellations, survey a location, participate in an almanac scavenger hunt, and experiment with time-keeping instruments.

Spanish Missions in Texas Lesson Plan

36. Spanish Missions in Texas Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about the role of Spanish missions in the history of Texas. They will expand on this by writing short skits examining life on the mission.

California Missions Lesson Plan

37. California Missions Lesson Plan

Spanish missions play an important role in California history. With this lesson plan, your students will read and research this history, then apply that through a fiction-writing exercise.

California Missions: History & Locations

38. California Missions: History & Locations

In this lesson, we explore the Spanish missions in California. The lesson discusses Spanish missions and their uses, before highlighting a few of the most important missions in California's chain of 21.

The Articles of Confederation, the Northwest Ordinance & Shays' Rebellion Lesson Plan

39. The Articles of Confederation, the Northwest Ordinance & Shays' Rebellion Lesson Plan

When the United States was first becoming a new nation, there were several events and obstacles to overcome. In this lesson, we will look at some of these obstacles as we discuss the early steps taken toward making the United States an independent, new country.

The Making of a New Nation (1776-1800) Activities for High School

40. The Making of a New Nation (1776-1800) Activities for High School

As an American history teacher, it is important for you to spend some time focusing on the making of the nation following the Revolution. This lesson offers activities that will support this aspect of your instruction.

North American Exploration Activities for High School

41. North American Exploration Activities for High School

As your students learn about the early history of America, consider having them study North American exploration. Use these activities to help students understand the motivations and achievements of early North American explorers.

The Virginia Dynasty (1801-1825) Activities for High School

42. The Virginia Dynasty (1801-1825) Activities for High School

From 1801-1825, three presidents were consecutively elected from Virginia. Use these activities to help students understand the contributions of the Virginia Dynasty presidents and the events that occurred during their presidential terms.

Election of 1800 Lesson Plan

43. Election of 1800 Lesson Plan

Politics can be tough, but your instruction on the election of 1800 doesn't have to be. Guide students through to mastery of 1800th century politics with the help of a Study.com text lesson and small group activity.

Lewis and Clark Lesson Plan

44. Lewis and Clark Lesson Plan

Use this Study.com lesson plan to teach your students about the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Help them find the main ideas, take notes on key concepts and people, and apply understanding in a fun activity.

Shays' Rebellion Lesson Plan

45. Shays' Rebellion Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan and materials from Study.com, you'll have everything that you need to help your class understand the implications of Shays' Rebellion on Early American History.

California Gold Rush Project Ideas

46. California Gold Rush Project Ideas

The California Gold Rush was a definitive event in American history that students should have a solid understanding of. Teaching students about the California Gold Rush is important in developing an understanding of how the country was settled.

Missouri Compromise Lesson Plan for Middle School

47. Missouri Compromise Lesson Plan for Middle School

The Missouri Compromise is an important part of United States history. In this lesson plan, students will learn about the Missouri Compromise, its purpose, and its result. Students will also create a timeline of related events.

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