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"Father" of Our Country vs. "Father" of the Bill of Rights
5th - 6th
Students examine the relevance of the Bill of Rights. In this Bill of Rights instructional activity, students study the parts of the Constitution and the ten amendments. They investigate the rights and responsibilities that accompany...
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness
6th - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
Our forefathers worked to create a more perfect nation for us, and the road to democracy was anything but smooth. Add these resources to your unit on the Declaration of Independence and show your young Americans the roots of their political society.
The Two Sides of the Declaration of Independence
11th - 12th
Budding historians read six documents related to grievances that led to the writing of the Declaration of Independence. They then craft an essay in which they discuss the perspective of both the colonists and the king. This DBQ could be...
Why Wasn’t the Bill of Rights Originally in the US Constitution?
5 mins 7th - 12th
Did you know that the Bill of Rights was not added to the US Constitution until three years after the Constitution was adopted? This short video explains why these fundamental protections for individual liberties were added as the first...
This Is Your Brain on Extreme Weather
3 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
We track weather and measure it objectively, yet our own beliefs often conflict with the facts. The video discusses how our source of weather reporting and our personal experiences shape our beliefs. It also covers the concepts of...
The Research Process: Locating, Evaluating, Integrating, and Citing Sources
11th - Higher Ed
Planning on assigning a research project to a high school or college class? Although text-heavy, the concise explanations, color-coded examples, and writing tips included in this presentation make in worth a preview.