20 Plays for U. S. History Classes

20 Plays for U. S. History Classes

by Dean R. Bowman
Publisher: Walch Publishing
Revised, ©1998, ISBN: 9780825138263
Trade Paperback, 168 pages
Price: $24.99

Featuring 20 plays, this reproducible book offers a hands-on, interdisciplinary approach to teaching U.S. history. Drama and humor (geared towards elementary and middle school students) make key historical events come alive while developing a range of student skills, including historic thinking, literacy, and dramatic and oral presentation.

From the Jamestown settlement and the invention of the telephone to the Little Rock school crisis and events of the 1990's, these high-interest plays effectively engage students by appealing to a broad range of learning styles. The flexible format requires no teacher preparation and lets you involve your class in each play in a variety of ways—students can read the play independently as homework, recite it as a group during class time, or break into small groups to stage a performance for their classmates. (The plays have parts for 6-30 students, although they can be easily adapted for smaller class sizes.)

An ideal supplement to any U.S. history textbook, 20 Plays for U.S. History Classes offers a hands-on, creative way to explore key historic issues and encourance active student participation in the classroom.

Plays Included:

  • The Jamestown Adventures
  • Benjamin Franklin: A Man for the People
  • Phyllis Wheatley, African-American Poet
  • Junipero Serra
  • Eli Whitney and the Birth of the Machine Age
  • The U.S. Constitution
  • Sacagawea and the Lewis & Clark Expedition
  • Sequoyah and the Nineteenth-Century Eastern Indians
  • The Whitmans and the Movement West
  • Cyrus McCormick and the Reaper
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Alexander Graham Bell
  • Clara Barton, Heroine of Hope
  • John Muir, Prophet of Conservation
  • George Washington Carver
  • America's Crusading Journalists
  • A Man for the Heart: Dr. Daniel Hale Williams
  • The Dust Bowl
  • The Little Rock School Crisis
  • America in the Last Half of the Twentieth Century
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