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Thomas Gray

Activities Director/ Social Studies Department Head/ 8th Grade American History Teacher
Shaler Area Middle School
Activities Director/ Social Studies Department Head/ 8th Grade American History Teacher

I am an 8th grade Social Studies Teacher at the Shaler Area Middle School. I have been the Activities Director at the school for years now. I am a student of the American Civil War with a particular interest in the Battle of Gettysburg.

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Battle of Bunker Hill Remote Learning Collection

<p>The students will use the following artifacts to study the events of the Battle of Bunker Hill.</p>
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Early Years of the War

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The Industrial Revolution

<p>This collection will explain the changes brought to American Life during the Industrial Revolution.</p>
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Battle of Gettysburg Photos

These are all photos of the aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg.
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Battle of Bunker Hill

<p>The students will use the following artifacts to study the events of the Battle of Bunker Hill.</p>
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Thomas Jefferson Commemorative Coin Assignment

<p>Students will work in teams to design commemorative coins for the U.S. Mint to honor the life of Thomas Jefferson.  There will need to be 2 sides to the coins with different themes for each side.  The students will research the life of Thomas Jefferson and decide what the theme for each side will be and what images to use to match that theme.  The design is to be accompanied by a written explanation of the teams ideas. </p>
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Nightstand Portraits "A Burton Morris - inspired Activity

This teaching resource collection includes an activity, (created by the Heinz History Center's Education Manager, Mariruth Leftwich), highlighting Pittsburgh-native pop artist Burton Morris' "Nightstand Portraits" series as a springboard for students to create their own imaginary "Nightstand Portrait". This could be a portrait of themselves, a historical figure, or even an icebreaker activity for students to introduce each other to the rest of the class.
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Spotting Symbols in the Lansdowne Portrait of George Washington

Learning resource collection, which includes an iconic portrait of George Washington, filled with symbols that tell a story about early America and its first leader. Explore the ways that the artist uses symbols in the portrait to tell about the subject’s life, personality, and achievements.
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Boston Massacre Primary Source Analysis

In this lesson the students will use both the engraving and poem to determine how propaganda was used by Paul Revere after the Boston Massacre. At the conclusion of the lesson, the students will work to detect the symbolism on the Boston Massacre Monument.
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Civil War Photography

Examine the ways that photographers captured history during the American Civil War.
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