All Things Cleveland

Digital Library Based on the History of Cleveland, Ohio

Irishtown Bend Lesson Plan

(Photo Courtesy of the Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University)

As voted for by the community, I have created a lesson plan on Irishtown Bend, the area located on the west bank of the Cuyahoga River that is named after the Irish immigrants who lived in the area in the 19th century. This lesson plan is timely because of ongoing discussions about the future of this area. In addition, this lesson plan also places a focus on archaeology in addition to the area’s history. It is designed for high school and early college students, and is another addition to the Road to Recovery series. The lesson plan is located below.

Irishtown Bend Lesson Plan


Community Input and Regional Terms

For the upcoming lesson plan, I am asking for community input. One of the lesson plan options will be to look at the history of Tremont from about 1900 to the present. The other option is a lesson plan that focuses on various aspects of Irishtown Bend, including its history based on archaeological findings and potential modern reuses. I will include a poll below that will run through April 3, and the lesson plan should be completed by April 8.

Also, I wanted to share an article that I thought was interesting. Crain’s Cleveland Publisher & Editor Elizabeth McIntyre wrote an article discussing the need for a change to the regional term ‘Rust Belt’. The link to this article is located below. Although I am guilty of using this term, I agree that it needs to change to a term that identifies the positive aspects of the region rather than the negatives. From now on, ‘Rust Belt’ will no longer be used on this site to describe the geographical region that includes cities such as Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, and Buffalo.

“Time for the region to shake off the rust”

Playhouse Square Lesson Plan

(Photo Courtesy of the Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University)

The attached lesson plan on Playhouse Square is the second lesson plan in the Road to Recovery series. This lesson plan is primarily designed for museum educators and museum patrons that range from middle school to adulthood. It is a timely topic locally due to the upcoming season of nationally renowned shows, including Hamilton, Waitress, and Rent. Nationally, part of its importance lies in the history of Playhouse Square’s revitalization efforts, which can assist in forming a plan for the future of struggling cultural institutions. Information and links for all of the resources needed are contained in the lesson plan, which is located below.

Playhouse Square Lesson Plan

The Road to Recovery: Playhouse Square

(Photo Courtesy of the Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University)

The next lesson plan will be a continuation of the Road to Recovery series, and it will focus on the history and revival of Playhouse Square. This is a timely topic due to the recent revival of downtown Cleveland as a whole and the recent success of Playhouse Square in attracting top-tier acts. This lesson plan will be appropriate for students and patrons ranging from late middle school to the casual adult patron of a museum. I also hope to design this lesson plan to be implemented by museum educators, as the previous lesson plans have heavily focused on in-class work. This lesson plan will be out within the next week.


Famous Figures Lesson Plan

(Photo Courtesy of the Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University)

Hello All,

Attached is the second lesson plan that I have created, titled “Famous Figures of Cleveland”. It covers businessman John D. Rockefeller, President James Garfield, and poet Langston Hughes. As mentioned in my previous post, it is geared towards middle school and early high school students. I hope that it inspires an interest in the history of Cleveland and the important national role that it played in the late-19th to 20th century. I also hope it inspires students to pursue local history in general, and I have included some activities to help educators and students provide a directed focus towards local history in their area. All of the links are located inside the lesson plan this time. The lesson plan is located below and I look forward to hearing your feedback.

Famous Figures of Cleveland

Famous Figures of Cleveland

(Photo Courtesy of the Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University)

Hello Everyone,

The new lesson plan, Famous Figures of Cleveland, will be coming out within the next week or so. For purposes of educational inclusiveness, I decided to take a break from The Road to Recovery series. This lesson plan will be geared towards students in middle school and early high school, and focuses on individuals who made some kind of difference nationwide. It will be a standalone lesson plan, not part of any series, but fully tagged and searchable within CLEsson Plans. Individuals included in the lesson plan will most likely include oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller, famous poet Langston Hughes, and President James Garfield. This is an important lesson plan because these are some of the well-known figures that brought national attention to Cleveland, and you can teach various aspects of history through these figures.

Detroit-Shoreway Lesson Plan

(Photo Courtesy of the Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University)

As promised, here is the rough draft of my lesson plan on Detroit-Shoreway. Nonetheless, because it is my rough draft, I encourage any and all suggestions for improvement. I received inspiration for this particular lesson plan through my Introduction to Public History class at St. John’s, where we worked in-depth with the National Park Service’s Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) initiative. I will include a link to Teaching with Historic Places below. As mentioned in a previous post and in the lesson plan itself, this lesson plan serves to show how residents of Detroit-Shoreway and Cleveland as a whole have adapted to their new situation. I would recommend it for either high school advanced placement students or college undergraduates. It is just the first installment in the Road to Recovery series, and if there are any community suggestions for the next topic within the series, please let me know through the ‘contact’ tab. The entirety of the Road to Recovery series will be accessible by clicking the ‘category’ tab under the date of publication below. The lesson plan is attached and any links that are mentioned in the lesson plan will be included below. For this lesson plan, Margaret Cowell’s book Dealing with Deindustrialization: Adaptive Resilience in American Midwestern Regions will have to be purchased. I sincerely appreciate your time and I hope to hear suggestions for topics or improvements in the future. (Note – these lesson plans are not designed to state standards. However, they serve as a guideline that can be adapted by teachers to suit the needs of each individual state.)

Detroit-Shoreway Lesson Plan


Important Links

  1. Teaching with Historic Places – Teaching with Historic Places
  2. Detroit-Shoreway Proposal – detroit-shoreway-proposal
  3. Detroit-Shoreway Census Report (Link) – Detroit-Shoreway Census
  4. Dennis Keating Article – “The Gordon Square Arts District in Cleveland’s Detroit Shoreway Neighborhood”
  5. Detroit-Shoreway Community Development Organization – DSCDO

Economic Changes, White Flight, and the Era of Recovery

(Photo Courtesy of the Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University)

The first series of lesson plans will be titled The Road to Recovery: Historical Impacts on Modern Cleveland. The first lesson plan within this series focuses on the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood, which has undergone its fair share of economic changes over the past 60 years. It will serve as an example as to how the economy and people of Cleveland as a whole have managed to adapt over time to their new situation. This lesson plan, as of now, will be published within the next week.

An Introduction

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My name is Kyle, and I am the creator and moderator of CLEsson Plans. I created this site in order to preserve Cleveland’s history in a unique format and to provide educators with lesson plans that can be utilized in a museum or classroom setting. Lesson plans, depending on the topic and content, will be geared towards the appropriate audience, which could be primary students, secondary students, undergraduate students, graduate students, professors, and/or the public at large. Every lesson plan that is published will be marked with tags showing what educational group and age group the lesson plan is appropriate for. I encourage contributions from the public for lesson plan ideas, possible improvements to existing lesson plans, and submissions of fully developed lesson plans that could be appropriate for this site. In order to submit a contribution, simply click the ‘Content’ tab on the home page and fill out your information. I look forward to posting the first lesson plan in the very near future.

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