Religion & Reform: Second Great Awakening Comprehensive Unit: Interactive Slides, Student Questions, & Primary Source



Engaging PowerPoint, Google Slides, student questions, and primary source for American history classes about the Second Great Awakening in the early 1800s and the reform movements that followed (e.g., Temperance Movement, Anti-Slavery Movement, Women’s Rights Movement, and more). This curriculum also goes over some of the different Christian denominations in the United States (e.g., Baptism, Methodism, Presbyterianism, Mormonism, and more). This helps students understand how religions evolved and developed in the U.S.

Additionally, there are two primary source activities. The first one uses a source that details Second Great Awakening camp meetings. The second is an excerpt from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden. This slide correlates with the Unitarian Church and Transcendentalism slides.

The primary source activities divide the class into lecture and student interaction and makes the class more enjoyable for the students and teacher. For these questions, there are suggested answers included. This activity also helps students with their historical thinking skills.

To make the students more engaged (and to make them pay attention), there are is a student study guide for students to complete during and/or after the presentation. Teachers love this! It ensures the students learn.

Furthermore, a teacher guide is included. The information in the guide sheet and PPT notes include additional information that is not on the slides. This way, the teacher can add interesting little comments or data to each slide (i.e., it makes the teacher look smart).

The PPT (or Google Slides) can be presented to the students or given to them to study on their own. The design is professional and with the right amount of words on each slide (i.e., NO death by PowerPoint). The content is very detailed in the notes, so if you are busy, you can simply open the slides in front of the class and read the notes (it is suggested you review the slides before class though).

You can make changes to the PPT, if you deem it necessary. This presentation can be used in Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides (if you want to use Google Slides, just click the link on the provided file).

This PPT and Primary Source Curriculum will teach your students…

  • First Great Awakening
  • Second Great Awakening
  • Genealogy of Christian denominations
  • Camp meetings
  • Methodists
  • Presbyterians
  • Baptists
  • Amish
  • Mormons (Church of Latter-day Saints)
  • Unitarians
  • Transcendentalists
  • Temperance Movement
  • Women Right’s Movement
  • Anti-Slavery Movement
  • Abolition Movement
  • Frederick Douglass
  • William Lloyd Garrison
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • Lucretia Mott
  • Indian Removal Act
  • Trail of Tears
  • and more!

This presentations touches on all of the above topics and adds more detail. Students really get a good idea of how religion has been an integral part of the development of the United States. Next time they pass a church, they will look at the sign in front and want to know what denomination it is because they will know the history.

This curriculum works with traditional American history textbooks. It works great for all history classes (including AP US History).

How to use this product:

  • Present the PowerPoint or Google Slides in the classroom; two slides includes an interactive activity for students to complete
  • Present and discuss – while presenting, get students involved and ask discussion questions that get students thinking like a historian and comparing historical events to current events
  • Students complete the Student Study Guide while the teacher presents (or students can complete this file for homework)
  • Additionally, print presentation handouts for students to take notes (or have students take notes in their notebooks)
  • Alternatively: have students view the slides, and they present the material to each other in groups

How to use the historical primary source interactive activity:
Two slides have a primary source that is an interactive activity. Here is the suggested use:

  • Have students read the text (it can be viewed on the class screen, but you could print the primary source for students)
  • Put the students in pairs
  • Ask the provided questions (questions can be found in the notes of the PPT or in the Student Study Guide)
  • Alternatively, you could print the questions on small slips and hand them out
  • Discuss the answers as a class (answers are provided)

Files in this download include:

  • Editable PowerPoint (Google Slides option available)
  • Primary Source PDF (Google Drive option available)
  • Student Study Guide Notes (print for students or load to LMS)
  • Editable Word Document version
  • Fillable PDF version
  • PDF version
  • Answer key
  • Teacher Guide PDF (optional; print one copy for you)

Additional information

Grade Level

8th, 9th, 10th

Resource Types

Full Units, Homeschool, PowerPoints, Google Slides




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