US History Index


Unit: Southern Slavery

Reading the Textbook: Before You Read, As You Read, After You Read 

Web Resources on Slavery

  • - The Middle Passage - Tom Feelings,
  • “Abolition Images.” Images from the Abolitionist and Anti-Abolitionist Movements,
  • “The Underground Railroad: Escape From Slavery Student Activity |” How the Brain Learns Best,

Unit: The Founding of the Nation

Life of Washington Mural Controversy 

Formative Writing Assessment 

Argumentative Essay Rubric

Writing A Claim

Unit: The Expansion of the Nation

A History Mystery: What happened to the buffalo?

The Mexican American War Art Assignment

Unit: Civil War

Photo Analysis Lesson: Private Gordon

  •  Private Gordon Lesson - Forrest Handout pdf
  • Photo “Private Gordon"
  • Goodyear, Frank. “Photography Changes the Way We Record and Respond to Social Issues.”, Smithsonian Photography Intiative, 1 May 2013,


  • Lemmons, Kasi, Harriet, 2019.

Reading Primary Sources: Reader’s Theater

Unit: Industrialization, Immigration, and the Progressive Era

Before and After - Unit Hook

Photo Analysis Lesson: Lewis Hine Photos of Child Labor

  • Lewis Hine Child Labor Lesson - Forrest Handout pdf
  • “Teaching with Documents: Photographs of Lewis Hine: Documentation of Child Labor.” National Archives and Records Administration, National Archives and Records Administration, 14 Feb. 2017,
  • “Analyze a Photograph.” National Archives and Records Administration, National Archives and Records Administration, 7 Mar. 2017,

Photo Analysis Lesson: Jacob Riis’ Five Cents a Spot

  • Five Cents A Spot Lesson - Forrest Handout pdf
  • Riis, Jacob. “Five Cents A Spot.” Library of Congress,
  • Yochelson, “Photography Changes Our Awareness of Poverty” click! (Smithsonian Photography Initiative. July 14, 2014.
  • Jacob Riis: Revealing How the Other Half Lives 14 Apr. 2016,

Writing an Argumentative Paragraph - Ellis and Angel Islands

  • Should Angel Island be called the Ellis Island of the West? - Forrest handout pdf
  • “Ellis Island Interactive Tour With Facts, Pictures, Video |” Science Explorations |,
  • “Pacific Link: The KQED Asian Education Initiative: History: Discovering Angel Island.” KQED,

Becoming American - An Original Book on Italian Immigration

Project Lesson US History - Immigrant Group Slideshow

Project Lesson US History - iMovies 

Writing Assessments -  Short Answer Essay on Industrialization

Unit Assessments

Unit: The Great Depression

Dorothea Lange Photographs of Great Depression: Migrant Mother

  • The Great Depression Slideshow - Photos by Dorothea Lange - Forrest ppt.
  • Lange, and Dorothea. “Destitute Pea Pickers in California. Mother of Seven Children. Age Thirty-Two. Nipomo, California.” The Library of Congress, 1 Jan. 1970,
  • “Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-and-White Negatives – About This Collection.” Apple Computers: This Month in Business History (Business Reference Services, Library of Congress), Victor, 1 Jan. 1970,
  • “The Great Depression: Creating Narrative through Photography.” PBS Learning Media,

Project Lesson  - iMovie Depression Documentaries

New Deal “Alphabet Soup” Posters - Art Lesson

Unit: World War II and Japanese American Internment

A Letter from Manzanar- Japanese American Internment Lesson

The US Homefront During World War II

The Fighting Filipinos - Photo Analysis Lesson

Unit: Civil Rights 

Write Your Letter from the Birmingham Jail 

Reading Non-Fiction - Warriors Don’t Cry

  • Warriors Don't Cry.” Simon & Schuster, Little Bee Books,
  • “Facing History and Ourselves.” Facing History and Ourselves,
  • “Teaching Warriors Don't Cry.” Facing History and

Project Lesson  - The Fight for Rights Slideshow


  • Williams, Juan, The Awakenings (1954-1956), Eyes on the Prize, Blackside, 1987.
  • Pearce, Richard, The Long Walk Home, 1990.

 Race the Power of Illusion

 Civil Rights Online Videos

  • SmithsonianMagazine. “The Freedom Riders History.” YouTube, YouTube, 23 Feb. 2010,
  • RobertHJacksonCenter. “Selma to Montgomery March.” YouTube, YouTube, 9 Mar. 2013,

Choose a Book Cover Image for Civil Rights

Choose a Book Cover Image for the Civil Rights Movement,- Forrest Handout pdf

Unit: The 1960’s

Discussion - When Should the US Go to War?

Protest Art of the 60’s

21st Century


  • Kaur, Valerie, Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath, 2006.

US History Projects

History Close to Home - Oral Histories

Project Lesson US History - Union City’s New Americans Book

Reading Non-Fiction - Enrique’s Journey

  • Nazario, Sonia. Enrique's Journey: the Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother. Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2014.
  • Sotomayor, Sonia. “Home.”,
  • Forrest, Dave. Journeys, James Logan High School,

Journeys Website

Then and Now Project and Website

Life After High School Writing Assignment

  • Life After High School  Forrest handout pdf
  • “California CareerZone California CareerZone.” Announcements RSS,

US History Web Resources

  • “Home | Library of Congress.” Planning D-Day (April 2003) - Library of Congress Information Bulletin, Victor,
  • “Educator Resources.” National Archives and Records Administration, National Archives and Records Administration,

Writing Assessments -  Semester 1 Final US History - Short Answer Essay

Writing Assessments -  Semester 1 Final US History - Short Answer Essay

Informational Writing Rubric

informational Writing Rubric - Logan World Studies Team pdf

Writing Assessments -  Informational Essay on Industrial Revolution

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