History and literature educators may appreciate this collection of innovative lesson plans from the History Teaching Institute and the Historic Costume & Textiles Collection at The Ohio State University. Here, readers will find nine detailed lesson plans that each use clothing as a vehicle for exploring a different aspect of history. For example, in "A Shirtwaist Disaster!" students learn to use artifacts and primary and secondary sources to explore the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, then use what they learned to write an argumentative, narrative, or informative essay. In another lesson plan, "The Space Race and the Impact on Society," students compare primary sources about the space race to Ray Bradbury's short story "Dark They Were and Golden-Eyed" and explore how history influences fiction. Designed to correspond with Common Core standards, these lesson plans are generally intended for middle school students, and several are designed to encompass multi-day projects or assignments.
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