Educators who have completed the Teaching Cleveland Institute (TCI) submit Cleveland-centered lesson plans. Below are some samples of lesson plans that area teachers submitted to earn graduate credit through the TCI. Feel free to peruse and use the lesson plans below if they would fit in your curricula. All lesson plans are the property of Teaching Cleveland.
John D. Rockefeller and the Standard oil company
An integral part of the 8th grade social studies curriculum is the National History Day competition. As such, students need a lot of practice in interpreting primary and secondary sources. Incorporating a unit on Rockefeller into a larger study of the rise of industry in the late 1800's gives students an interesting Cleveland connection and practice with a variety of sources. It also allows students to see a topic of national significance at the local level.
WPA in Cleveland: Art of the new deal
Students will have a working understanding of the significance of the WPA, during the Great Depression, in Cleveland. They will better understand this time through the art that was produced by local artists hired by the WPA. They will also make the connection about how art plays a significant role in providing information and swaying viewers.