Lesson Plans Harrison, Anna
Eli Whitney: A Top Ten Inventor?
It is possible that no name is more clearly associated with the Industrial Revolution in the United States than that of Eli Whitney, the inventor of the cotton gin. Ten years older than Anna Harrison, they nevertheless shared a lifetime characterized by the emergence of the United States from an almost totally agricultural society to one which, during the 19th century, was becoming increasing industrial.
Skill: Elementary School Category: Science, Medicine, Inventions and tech
The First Textbooks: The McGuffey Reader
Anna Harrison, although growing up before there were very many public schools, nevertheless had an excellent education, educated her own ten children at home because they lived most of the children's growing-up years on the frontier (in Indiana!), and at one time founded a school in North Bend, Indiana. It would have been a great help in those years if Anna Harrison had been able to use one or more of the McGuffey Readers, which began to be published in 1836. Perhaps, at some point, she did. These readers became standard texts for children from 1836 well into the 20th century, and millions of children moving west in covered wagons probably took along at least one McGuffey reader.
Skill: Elementary School Category: Education, Arts, Letters and Ideas
Meauring the Growth of Slavery: 1790-1860
What was often called “the slavery question” had not been settled in the writing of either the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution. In fact, it continued to plague the country well before the Civil War. Beginning with the first national census (1790), free and slave black populations were categorized differently. This census, with its first “snapshot” of the American nation, occurred when Anna Harrison was 15 years old. Since the census was taken every ten years (as it is today), and since Anna Harrison lived to be 88 years old, she saw seven decades of the growth of slavery until the Civil War finally ended it.
Skill: Elementary School Category: Religion, Social Issues and Reform
Do Military Heroes Make Good Presidents?
Anna Harrison was the wife of William Henry Harrison. Her husband was a popular war hero both for his reputation as the victor at the Battle of Tippecanoe and also as the commander whose forces defeated and killed Tecumseh at the Battle of Thames during the War of 1812. The Whig Party, as their candidate for president, selected Harrison to run in the election of 1840. Based on his popularity as a war hero he was elected overwhelmingly with an electoral vote of 234 to 60. Unfortunately, though, Harrison died of pneumonia less than a month into his presidency. He never had a chance to prove whether or not he would be an effective president. Other war heroes have been elected to the United States Presidency. Among them are George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Zachary Taylor, U.S. Grant, and Dwight Eisenhower. These men served in the chief executive’s office with various levels of success. The purpose of this lesson is to determine whether military heroes make good presidents.
Skill: Middle School Category: Law, Politics and Govt
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