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A glacier from the last ice age, Potawatomi Indians, fur traders, railroads, prominent architects, large historic homes, a real Irish castle, bitter annexation battles and the challenges of racial integration are all part of the history of this Southwest Side neighborhood known as "The Village in the City."  After the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, the Beverly Hills/Morgan Park community developed as a "country retreat" for Chicago's social and economic elite. Since then, the Ridge Historic District has become one the largest urban historic districts in the nation with over 120 historically and architecturally significant structures.  Located just 20 minutes from downtown and boasting of tree-lined streets, mansions sitting atop rolling hills, and the largest average home and lot sizes in the city, this community remains one of the highest socio-economic neighborhoods in the Chicagoland area. In fact, Beverly was recently ranked the third wealthiest neighborhood in Chicago in terms of median income. Despite the neighborhood's beautiful mansions and unique history, the community remains quietly tucked away in an area of the city many people are not familiar with, making it one of Chicago's best kept secrets.                

Chicago's Beverly/Morgan Park
ISBN # 0-7385-3153-7
Copyright 2003, by Joe Oswald

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Published by Arcadia Publishing as part of their Images of America series, this book is currently available at major bookstores throughout Chicago including Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com.


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This book is intended for teachers of United States history and contains dozens of ready-to-use reproducible activities and lesson plans for teaching the Age of Exploration through the Progressive Movement. Written by a teacher, for teachers, the student-centered activities in this book are creative yet challenging, are classroom-tested, and represent years of teaching students of diverse ability levels. Teachers will find graphic organizers, quizzes, tests, writing assignments, cooperative learning activities, lecture notes, map activities, and project-based lessons. The lesson plans are detailed yet adaptable and are sure to save teachers countless hours developing lessons from scratch. Additionally, the activities in this book are aligned to the new Common Core Standards and Indicators for Literacy in the Social Sciences as well as the ACT-created College Readiness Standards.


A Teacher's Guide to United States History, Volume I: Reproducible Activities and Lesson for Teaching the Age of Exploration to the Progressive Movement is available in paperback form for $24.95 on Amazon.com.



Or, click here to download a digital copy for $18.95 from the Teachers Pay Teachers website. 

Product details

  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Publishing (4 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097097342X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970973429
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.1 x 27.9 cm