Teaching American history

Handpicked history resources for GCSE and iGCSE covering 20th century USA covering topics including the civil rights movement, the American west, 1920s boom in the USA and the great depression in the 1930s

Tes Resources Team

US History

Get inspired when teaching US history with this collection of resources covering topics including the civil rights movement, American West and the USA 1920 - 73

American history has long been a popular choice with history departments and exam board alike. Despite the 2016 changes to the British curriculum, US options weathered the storm and still remain some of the most selected topics at both GCSE and iGCSE.

Whether you are educating learners on the 1920s industry and entertainment boom, 1930s depression and New Deal, Civil rights movement or journey back to the wild wild American West, we have the KS4 picks for you!

1920s boom and 1930s bust in the USA

Opposition to the New Deal
mrshopehistory

Opposition to the New Deal

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This lesson covers opposition to Roosevelt's New Deal (New AQA Specification) with another acronym to make it memorable. The lesson allows students to demonstrate their learning through an 8 mark question (Progress 8) . with opportunity to self assess their answer.
The Birth of the 'Golden Age' of Hollywood
liam0001

The Birth of the 'Golden Age' of Hollywood

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AQA GCSE History: America, 1920 1973 - Opportunity and Inequality - American People and the Boom. The resources are also suitable for Edexcel, OCR, WJEC GCSE History and iGCSE History. Describe the 1920s film industry. Explain Hollywood became the centre of the American film industry. Lesson Obje...
USA 1920-1973: opportunity and inequality REVISION SHEETS
tom_leather

USA 1920-1973: opportunity and inequality REVISION SHEETS

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For new AQA GCSE History 3 x double A4 pages of revision notes covering the full unit of the USA 1920-1973: Opportunity and Inequality. Each named bit of content from the spec is described with key facts to support explanation. Differentiation: Lower-ability version includes key words and d...
USA: Why did the USA introduce prohibition? (L10)
j_leemosley

USA: Why did the USA introduce prohibition? (L10)

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A lesson on the causes of prohibition for a 3 year GCSE for AQA America 1920 -1973. The lesson looks at what was prohibition and focuses on why it was introduced, there are a range of sources for students to look at and work out their message using the knowledge just gained. The starter is the recap...

The Civil Rights movement

Civil Rights Groups
History_Geeks

Civil Rights Groups

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An hour long, fully resourced lesson with PowerPoint, differentiated tasks throughout, worksheets, clip link and accompanying task focusing on the various Civil Rights groups. Designed by a experienced History teacher in a UK secondary school.
Knowledge Organiser / Revision Mat: Black American Civil Rights.
mike Morley

Knowledge Organiser / Revision Mat: Black American Civil Rights.

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**Colour coded DOUBLE SIDED A3 / A4 knowledge organiser / Revision mat / book marks - for the entire American Course. ** **Side One:** *Focusing on progress between key time periods.* 1954-60 1960-65 1965-70 **Side 2: ** Significant Individuals (MLK, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X , Kennedy, Johnson, G...
American Civil Rights: The Freedom Riders.
mike Morley

American Civil Rights: The Freedom Riders.

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The purpose of this lesson is to encourage pupils to reflect upon the progress made by the civil rights movement by 1960. Pupils will inquire into who the freedom riders were and the purpose, aims and possible problems of their movement. Pupils will lead their own learning though the collection...
Ku Klux Klan
opal88

Ku Klux Klan

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A lesson exploring the significance of the KKK within the Civil Rights Movement
Jim Crow Laws
PilgrimHistory

Jim Crow Laws

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* What were the Jim Crow Laws in America? Who was Jim Crow? Why did this fictional character significantly impact on American society, especially in the south in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries? What happened if you did not adhere to these laws? * These questions and more are answered in th...

American West 

Edexcel 9-1 GCSE - American West Revision Guide
MrThorntonTeach

Edexcel 9-1 GCSE - American West Revision Guide

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Edexcel 9-1 GCSE American West 1835-1895 New 2016 Specification Revision guide covering the complete American West topic. Contains detailed top level (Grade 9)l knowledge on all aspects of the course, covering the specification from Edexcel Includes over 30 exam questions (Consequences,...
Edexcel GCSE 9-1 History: American West revision handouts
Jack Harris

Edexcel GCSE 9-1 History: American West revision handouts

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4 sheets summarising key themes of the American West c.1830-95: * Settlement of the West * Destruction of the Indian way of life * Rise and fall of the cattle industry * Law and Order in the west These sheets show events in the American West as a narrative timeline - useful for general revision or ...
REVISION American West Thinking Quilt (Edexcel 9-1)
ellie_ryl

REVISION American West Thinking Quilt (Edexcel 9-1)

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American West thinking quilt designed to provide pupils with the opportunity to make links between different events and consider their impact on the development of the American West. I have checked through both the Pearson textbook and revision guide to ensure that all key content is included in th...
GCSE American West Map Display
MrThorntonTeach

GCSE American West Map Display

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9-1 GCSE American West 1835-1895 New 2016 Specification Display information and banner that can be used to create an American West map display. Features 15 information cards on key geographical parts of the American West topic, such as the Oregon Trail, Transcontinental Railroad, Wounded ...