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Andrew Jackson: Hero or Villain?
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This inquiry focuses on the defining themes of Andrew Jackson’s presidency. Students will discuss Jacksonian Democracy, the War on the National Bank, and policy toward Native Americans. The questions, tasks, and sources in this inquiry ask students to explore primary sources from multiple perspectives to analyze whether Jackson was the hero or villain of the common man. Resource created by Abigail Huggins with Doniphan-Trumbull Public School as part of the Nebraska Social Studies Special Project 2022 - Inquiry Design Model (IDM).

Subject:
History
U.S. History
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Unit of Study
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ESU Coordinating Council
Date Added:
07/06/2022
The Articles of Confederation and The US Constitution
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This inquiry is designed to be an overview of the governments described in the Articles of Confederation and the US Constitution for an 8th-grade social studies class.  Both History and Geography are part of this inquiry.  Students will examine the size and diversity of the 13 original American states.  They will review the text of both documents.  Students will evaluate the structures of government created and will prioritize those structures in relation to the historical period. Resource created by Jeff Hart, Boyd County Public Schools, as part of the Nebraska ESUCC Social Studies Special Projects 2022 - Inquiry Design Model (IDM).

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History
U.S. History
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Unit of Study
Author:
ESU Coordinating Council
ESU Coordinating Council
Date Added:
08/23/2022
Bodies of Water
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This resource was created by Janis Nicholas, in collaboration with Lynn Bowder, as part of ESU2's Mastering the Arts project. This project is a four year initiative focused on integrating arts into the core curriculum through teacher education and experiential learning. 

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Visual Arts
Social Science
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Lesson
Author:
Arts ESU2
Date Added:
08/31/2021
Christopher Columbus/Indigenous People
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This resource was created by Kim Francis in collaboration with Lynn Bowder as part of ESU2's Mastering the Arts project. This project is a four year initiative focused on integrating arts into the core curriculum through teacher education and experiential learning. 

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Visual Arts
U.S. History
Social Science
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Lesson
Author:
Arts ESU2
Date Added:
08/23/2021
Civil Rights Case Study
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In this examination of the United States law structure, the inquiry requires the learner to focus on the details of the Bill of Rights and Jim Crow Laws and their relationship with the Emmett Till (1955) and George Stinney (1944) Supreme Court cases.  This inquiry encourages the learner to understand the law in a simplified way that challenges their progress through the reading materials to cause them to develop a clear understanding of each amendment and the influence of Jim Crow. Resource created by Nicole Benson, Omaha Public Schools, as part of the Nebraska ESUCC Social Studies Special Projects 2022 - Inquiry Design Model (IDM).

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History
U.S. History
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Lesson
Unit of Study
Author:
ESU Coordinating Council
ESU Coordinating Council
Date Added:
08/23/2022
Consequences of the Industrial Revolution
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This inquiry will provide students with an opportunity to investigate the impact of the Industrial Revolution on humanity. They will construct an argument in response to the compelling question “Was the Industrial Revolution helpful or harmful to humanity?” This question will guide students in deciding whether innovations have made life better or worse for humans. This inquiry will emphasize history and civics.  Resource created by Jordan Nelson, North Bend Central Public Schools, as part of the Nebraska ESUCC Social Studies Special Projects 2022 - Inquiry Design Model (IDM).

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History
U.S. History
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Unit of Study
Author:
ESU Coordinating Council
Date Added:
07/08/2022
Could The Civil War Have Been Avoided?
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This inquiry leads students through the causes and influences on the Civil War, compelling them to determine if the Civil War could have been avoided.  By using primary sources including political cartoons, speeches, legislation, and the Constitution, students are given the opportunity to travel through time and change history.Resource created by Audrey Freeman, Cedar County Catholic Schools, as part of the Nebraska ESUCC Social Studies Special Projects 2022 - Inquiry Design Model (IDM).

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History
U.S. History
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Unit of Study
Author:
ESU Coordinating Council
Date Added:
08/12/2022
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Credit Reports and Credit Bureaus
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This lesson will provide high school students with information about what information is collected by the three main credit bureaus and included on a credit report, and how credit bureaus share the information. Free resources for viewing personal credit scores also discussed.

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Business and Communication
Finance
Education
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Activity/Lab
Lesson
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Author:
Lois Hixson
Date Added:
08/08/2019
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Empowered Learner: 5th Grade Social Studies
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This Empower Learner Activity engages students in self-assessment, preliminary goal setting and reflection on use of learning strategies within the context of 5th Grade Social Studies.

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Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Nick Ziegler
Date Added:
08/08/2019
European Explorer: Christopher Columbus
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This inquiry provides students with an opportunity to investigate the journeys of Christopher Columbus. They will construct an argument in response to the compelling question “How should Christopher Columbus be remembered?” The activities focus on motivations, costs/consequences of the journeys and different perspectives. Resource created by Melissa Brabec, Leigh Public Schools, as part of the Nebraska ESUCC Social Studies Special Projects 2022 - Inquiry Design Model (IDM).

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History
U.S. History
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Unit of Study
Author:
ESU Coordinating Council
Date Added:
07/18/2022
European Imperialism in Africa
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Humans have been discovering and rediscovering places and people for more than a millennia. Through the context of the possible future colonization of Mars and the compelling question, students will explore the European colonization of Africa and how it benefited Europeans and hurt Africans. Resource created by Sharon Jeffries, Fall City Public Schools, as part of the Nebraska ESUCC Social Studies Special Projects 2022 - Inquiry Design Model (IDM).

Subject:
History
World History
Material Type:
Lesson
Unit of Study
Author:
ESU Coordinating Council
ESU Coordinating Council
Date Added:
08/25/2022
Federalists v. Anti-Federalists
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This inquiry looks at the debate between the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists, and how federalism is still impacting the United States today. Resource created by Andrew Heller, Wynot Public Schools, as part of the Nebraska ESUCC Social Studies Special Projects 2022 - Inquiry Design Model (IDM).

Subject:
History
U.S. History
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
ESU Coordinating Council
Date Added:
08/16/2022
Feudalism
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This inquiry is designed to provide a basic understanding of feudalism in medieval Europe. This lesson is created for a 7th grade World History class. During this inquiry, students will examine maps, artwork, documents, videos, and text to build knowledge on feudalism and then demonstrate their understanding by applying it to our modern world.Resource created by Lisa Bales, David City Public Schools, as part of the Nebraska ESUCC Social Studies Special Projects 2022 - Inquiry Design Model (IDM). 

Subject:
History
World History
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
ESU Coordinating Council
Date Added:
09/06/2022
First Amendment
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This inquiry for 5th grade asks students to analyze the first amendment, why it was written, and how it affects them today. Students are asked to write an argument covering the need of the first amendment.Resource created by Tara Maltsberger, Heartland Community Schools, as part of the Nebraska ESUCC Social Studies Special Projects 2022 - Inquiry Design Model (IDM).

Subject:
History
U.S. History
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
ESU Coordinating Council
Date Added:
08/04/2022
Hammurabi’s Code of Laws
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In this inquiry project, students will determine whether they believe Hammurabi’s Code of Laws is fair or not. They will research who Hammurabi was and his role in Babylonia, discover the differences in social classes in the region at the time, and analyze the laws as they apply to different social groups. Resource created by Elizabeth Dunn, Nebraska City Public Schools, as part of the Nebraska ESUCC Social Studies Special Projects 2022 - Inquiry Design Model (IDM).

Subject:
History
Ancient History
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Unit of Study
Author:
ESU Coordinating Council
Date Added:
08/01/2022
Historical Markers: Preserve & Honor History
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This inquiry is designed for students to explore history through some of the historical markers in Nebraska and recognize places that have yet to be recognized as historically significant. Resource created by Mandy Morava, Crawford Public Schools, as part of the Nebraska ESUCC Social Studies Special Projects 2022 - Inquiry Design Model (IDM).

Subject:
History
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
ESU Coordinating Council
Date Added:
07/12/2022
The Impact of Settlement on Plains Natives and Indigenous Peoples
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This 4th grade inquiry unit will allow students to explore how settlement affected the indigenous people groups that lived here before. The compelling question, “Did the presence of the settlers change the lives of native and indigenous people groups in Nebraska?” engages students in an examination of the American Indians of the Plains and how the forced removal and relocation of their people changed their way of life. The disciplinary structure of this inquiry is designed with collaborative learning in mind.Resource created by Olivia Holleran, Papillion LaVista Schools, as part of the Nebraska ESUCC Social Studies Special Projects 2022 - Inquiry Design Model (IDM).

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History
U.S. History
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
ESU Coordinating Council
Date Added:
09/07/2022
Indian Relay | Native American Horse Racing
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Indian Relay shows Indian America like it has never been seen before, following three teams across a perilous Indian Relay horse-racing season, from the bitter cold of winter to the mayhem of the summer’s championship races, culminating with the Indian Relay National Championships in Blackfoot, Idaho.

The hope and determination of modern-day American Indian life is revealed in this film about what it takes to win one of the most exciting and perilous forms of horseracing practiced anywhere in the world today. From the bitter cold of winter on the Rocky Mountain front to the heat and mayhem of the summer’s championship races in Montana and Idaho, Indian Relay follows three teams from three different American Indian communities as they prepare for and compete across a grueling Indian Relay season—all hearts set on the glory and honor of winning an Indian Relay National Championship.

A mix of high-speed daring and exquisite horsemanship, Indian Relay is a sport widely enjoyed and practiced by men and women from tribal nations across the Rocky Mountain West. Each race begins with up to eight Indian athletes riding a horse bareback around a track at full gallop. After one lap, barely slowing down, the riders leap from their speeding horses to a second set of horses. Each team’s “mugger” must then catch the first horse or the team will be disqualified, creating a chaotic melee of up to 32 people and 24 thoroughbreds in front of the grandstands. Another top-speed lap, another daring horse change, and the teams race for the finish line, at speeds topping 40 miles an hour.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
NDE Digital Learning
Date Added:
09/04/2019
Influential Factors in Mongolia Today
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In this inquiry students will learn about how the people in Mongolia have adjusted to 21st century life through the use of primary document images from the Library of Congress Archives and from secondary source articles. The inquiry question asks, "What is the most influential factor leading to change in Mongolia today?" Resource created by Emily Gasper, Lincoln Public Schools, as part of the Nebraska ESUCC Social Studies Special Projects 2022 - Inquiry Design Model (IDM).

Subject:
World Cultures
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Author:
ESU Coordinating Council
ESU Coordinating Council
Date Added:
08/25/2022