Alexander Clark: A Bigger-Than-Life Iowan
Lesson Plan Item
|Grade||9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade||Class||U.S. History||Length of Lesson||90 minutes|
|Lesson Title||Alexander Clark: A Bigger-Than-Life Iowan|
|Unit Title||Figures in American Civil War and Reconstruction|
|Unit Compelling Question||Can the actions of individual people impact an entire nation's history during the American Civil War and Reconstruction?|
Alexander Clark is regarded as one of Muscatine's most prominent citizens.
|Lesson Supporting Question||How did someone in your home state impact the American Civil War and Reconstruction?|
Students will conduct an investigation of the life of Alexander Clark, an influential African American figure who impacted both Iowan and United States history during the American Civil War and Reconstruction. In an investigation-style activity, learners will travel between four stations to uncover "clues" about Alexander Clark's life by analyzing primary source documents. Once students have explored all four stations, they will put together the "puzzle" of Alexander Clark's identity and life by creating an artistic representation of his accomplishments. After completing this lesson, students will have discovered the considerable impact of a "bigger-than-life" Iowan and have the perception that an individual has the ability to influence history, even from their home state.
*Lesson can be modified to best fit your classroom (i.e., time length for each activity, format of formative assessments, etc.)
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|Lesson Themes||African American Experience, Civil War|
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|Author||Maria LoBianca||Reviewer||Chad Christopher, History Education, University of Northern Iowa||Created||06/19/2019||Last Edited||02/17/2020|
|Lesson Plan Development Notes: Teaching Methods, University of Northern Iowa, Spring 2019|