This module for fourth-grade students presents lessons on the history of Illinois ranging from geological time to the present day. There is a focus on who came to Illinois and why, and important people in the history of the state. Topics chosen for this module intend to address common ISAT content areas for 4th grade Social Studies.

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The Story in the Rocks
  A lesson on the geological history of Illinois told by John Mitchell.
 

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The Mississippian Indians at Cahokia
  The Mississippian Indians at Cahokia tour will guide fourth- and fifth-grade Chicago Public School students through the history of Illinois during the pre-Columbian period.
 

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A Pioneer Family
  This lesson describes a family's journey from Virginia to Illinois to start a new life in Illinois.  

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City of the Big Shoulders: Chicago
  This lesson is about Chicago in the mid-19th century and how it became the center of commerce.  

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Slavery and Anti-Slavery in Illinois
  This lesson describes the abolition movement in Illinois and the United States as well as pro-slavery forces at work.  

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Taking Action! Rights and Reform Movements
  This lesson set in turn-of-the-century Chicago focuses on the immigrant experience and activities at Hull House.  

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The Great Migration
  This lesson describes the lives of different African-American families who came to Chicago in the early 20th century.  

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The Government of Illinois
  This lesson is an overview of how the government of Illinois works.
 

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