Political Ideology Teacher Resources

It seems like American politics are more divided than ever before, but a quick glimpse through American history may change your mind. Whether you’re teaching the littlest social studies students or government classes who are old enough to vote, it’s important for them to understand the full spectrum of political ideology.

For a history context, check out this lesson on the ideological differences between patriots and loyalists during the Revolutionary War. A brief presentation discusses the history of the two-party system in America and how it remains in place today.

To bridge the gap between the 18th century and today, show an informative video that covers the basic ideologies of American politics. Another video discusses the rise of American conservatism in the 20th century—and a class activity details the liberal backlash of the 1990’s.

How do your students align themselves on the current ideological spectrum? Discuss the characteristics of the extremes and moderates of the political spectrum, and have class members take a test to see how they identify. Another resource explains the processes of caucuses and how they affect our political system.

No matter how you or your students plan to vote, we’ve got the social studies resources you need at Lesson Planet!

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Political Ideology: Crash Course Government and Politics #35

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Scholars investigate the various political ideologies that exist in the United States government and politics. The 35th video in a 50-part series outlines the sources that create a person's political ideology. 
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Sample Test: Politics, Voting & Civic Participation

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
What is the difference between Democrats and Republicans? What propaganda techniques do political parties use? What is the Electoral College? Here you'll find a 22-question multiple-choice assessment on the voting practices, politics,...
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Development of American Political Parties: The Two-Party System

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Was American politics always bound to the two-party system? Learn how the two-party system developed, why third parties tend not to do so well, and all the various political parties that have emerged throughout US history. Each party is...
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Homemade Political Parties

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Use this 5-day lesson to clarify the platforms of the two major parties, comparing and contrasting against young scholars' beliefs. Begin by looking at unlabeled summaries of both party platforms, having learners identify most with one....
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Political Parties

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers engage in a lesson plan that is about the development of political parties in the United States government. They conduct research using a variety of resources. They use some key focus questions to guide the activities and...
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Art in Nazi Germany When Art and Politics Didn't Agree

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Five lessons display the art created by Germans under the Weimar Republic. The focus of these lessons is to help learners understand the role of art in politics, government censorship, and Nazi tactics. Web links are included.
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The Art of Political Cartoons in Revolutionary America

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers analyze political cartoons. In this colonial America instructional activity, students examine the provided political cartoons and respond to analytical questions about each of them.
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Political Ideological Spectrum

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Learners explore the ideologies of the American political spectrum. In this American politics lesson, students examine the characteristics and platforms of liberals, conservatives, libertarians, and moderates.  Learners complete the...
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Political Movements: Political parties

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students list current federal parliamentary parties, consider the role of political parties, practice party based representation, state the relationship between parties, elections and Australian policy, and define specific parliamentary...
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An Introduction to Roland Barthes's Mythologies

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Teenagers are the first to agree that they are the frontrunners in popular culture. But how much of their image is constructed by individualism, and how much of it have they bought from capitalistic sources? Roland...
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Creating a Cartoon of the Philippine-American War

For Teachers 9th - 12th
During the Industrial and commercial expansion of the United States, war broke out between America and the Philippines. Explore conflict, American Imperialism, and political cartoons with this creative project. Learners view the film,...
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An Introduction to Immigration and the Canadian Political System

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders take a citizenship test before learning how their own ideology fits in with current political parties. They create questions for a debate and learn the process of registering to vote.
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Political Parties

For Students 10th - 12th
In this U.S. history practice worksheet, learners respond to 20 multiple choice, 10 true/false, and 12 fill in the blank, and 5 short answer questions.
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Art, Commentary and Evidence: Analysis of "The White Man's Burden"

For Teachers 9th - 12th
A cross-curricular lesson combines poetry and history for your middle and high schoolers. The class critically examines Kipling's poem, "White Man's Burden" as historical evidence of the Imperialist ideology popular during his time. The...
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Comparison of Political Ideologies in the Context of Constitutional Preambles

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers examine the various philosophies that form the foundations of political systems of major world countries.
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The Rise of Conservatism

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Check out this fascinating, in-depth look at the rise of conservatism in the United States during the 1960s. The narrator discusses increased support for unregulated capitalism and individual autonomy, reaction to what appeared to be a...
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The Constitution, the Articles, and Federalism

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Check out this entertaining, speedy, and highly informative overview of the founding stages of the United States government. The video includes a detailed discussion of the limitations of the Articles of Confederation, the eventual...
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Adolf Hitler in World War 1

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Most learners are already familiar with the horror wreaked by Adolf Hitler during World War II, but few may understand the impact the Great War had on him. Hitler felt his time at the front for Germany during the Great War were some of...
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FDR-Hitler: Conflicting Political Systems

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students compare and contrast the governments of the United States and Germany during World War II. Using different media, they identify the actions of both countries during the war and their major mistakes. They write a short summary...
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Abraham Lincoln: Our Man for All Seasons

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students analyze perceptions of slavery during the Civil War era. In this Abraham Lincoln lesson, students research Internet and print sources regarding Lincoln's view of slavery. Students also compare pro- and anti-slavery political...
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The 1992 Presidential Election

For Students 9th - 12th
Inform your learners about the election of President Clinton and the surrounding politics with an informational text. The text and four questions about it are included on this resource. Class members answer questions about the state of...
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Get Out and Vote!

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars examine political activism. Pupils discuss forms of political activism, specifically voting. They listen to Public Service Announcements. Classmates write and record their own Public Service Announcements to encourage...
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An Introduction to Samuel Huntington’s The Clash of Civilizations

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
In 1996, Samuel Huntington predicted that in a post-Cold War world, the primary source of conflict would be due to cultural and religious differences, rather than ideological ones. Introduce The Clash of Civilizations with a short,...
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Campaign Coverage Map and Campaign Strategy

For Teachers 7th - 12th
A candidate's campaigning history can reveal a lot about his or her election strategy. Analyze the way that the 2016 presidential candidates traveled through the United States during their campaigns with an interactive map. High...
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Moot Court

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research and discuss court cases in preparation for Moot Court. Student attorneys research precedents involving their cases, while student justices research political ideology of Supreme Court Justices. Student attorneys then...
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Linkage Institutions: Political Parties: Option A

For Teachers 9th - 12th
How is the Iowa Caucus like a one-topping pizza? Find out in this engaging lesson plan about the electoral process.
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Never To Forget

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders discuss the events leading up to antisemitic behavior in Europe during World War II. Through various activities, 10th graders acquaint themselves with the political ideology of Nazism and assess responsibility for the...
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Political and Social Origins of the Civil War

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine the difference in politics in the North and South during the Civil War. Using that information, they discuss how politics and ideologies led to the war. They explain the causes and effects of the war and evaluate the...
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Political Movement: Political Parties

For Teachers 3rd - 7th
Pupils explore politics by researching Australian government law. In this political parties lesson plan, students define the different active parties in Australia and their roles within the country. Pupils complete a word bank activity...
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Are You a Liberal or a Conservative?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners take an Internet quiz that categorizes their placement on an ideological spectrum. They, in groups, define liberal and conservative.
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Women's Suffrage

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders examine the role of women in the early 1900s. In groups, they use the internet to research groups who favored or opposed giving women the right to vote. To end the lesson, they note the methods used by women to finally gain...
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Exercising the Franchise! The Right to Vote

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students research Canadian election procedures, identify candidates and corresponding political platforms for current elections and hold mock elections. They develop a written report about a specific political party.
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McCarthysim

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders explore and analyze the impact of the Cold War at home and how the fear of communism and nuclear war affected American life throughout the Cold War. They study what role Senator Joseph McCarthy played on American fears...
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Writing Exercises: Economic and Social Revolutions IV

For Students 9th - 11th
Any revolution is going to impact both society and economy. The class works to grasp the effect of industrialization on the environment, government, and politics. They respond to three critical thinking questions which require them to...
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One China, Two Systems

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students study the term 'peaceful coexistence' and the role it plays in the Chinese process for reunification with Taiwan. They research and assess the political ideologies, economic stability and national identities of the countries...
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Select-a-Lawmaker

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers are assigned a party faction, examine bills voted on by their party faction last year, and find a candidate with a similiar view of government.
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The Cold War

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How did the United States and the USSR seek ideological and strategic influence throughout the world during the Cold War? This video details the Soviet's creation of pro-communist governments in surrounding nations following World War II...
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Why Do People Join Cults?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
It's easy to dismiss cult members as being brainwashed by a charismatic leader, but the process of being recruited into a cult is much more complicated than that. Learn more about the ways cults use an extreme ideology and sophisticated...
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Propaganda War: Patriots vs. Loyalist

For Teachers 8th Standards
Revolutions only succeed if the leaders can get the people on board. Study the ways that both Patriots and Loyalists tried to convince fellow colonists to join their causes with a lesson about propaganda during the American Revolution....
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On This Day: Fall of the Berlin Wall

For Students 7th - Higher Ed Standards
The Berlin Wall divided a city.. Using clips of discussions between historians, segments from contemporary films, interviews with political operatives, and speeches, learners consider what it was like to look over a wall and behind the...
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The New Imperialism: 1869-1914

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Oh my goodness! This presentation covers a lot of ground. From the imperialist ideology that led to the colonization of the African continent, to the technological advancements that made it possible, this slide show has it all. Use in...
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The Minor Parties

For Students 10th - 12th
Help to increase the knowledge of your future (or current) voters with this quiz about minor parties. By matching various minor parties, both historical and contemporary, learners can become better-informed about the entirety of American...
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The Revolutions of 1848

For Teachers 9th - 11th
1848 was a hot year for Europe, which endured political tumult and upheaval after years of tension buildup. This presentation details the circumstances surrounding revolutions in France, Austria-Hungary, Romania, Italy, Prussia, and...
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American Jews and Civil Rights

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders examine the Civil Rights movement of the 1960's and how American Jews were involved. They discuss the responsibilities of any minority or ethnic group. They consider the process of change in politics as well.
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Invetories Slave owner or not?

For Teachers 7th
Primary source analysis is a great way to bring history to life. Learners examine a series of personal inventories taken from Southern white males who died during the Civil War era. They analyze the documents to determine the social and...
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Romanticism & Transcendentalism The Intellectual and Social Foundations

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Don’t get lost studying how Romantic thought developed; the information is right here and ready to use. The presentation introduces thorough definitions of the movement, the thoughts of major philosophers, the major works of Romantic...
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Common Man and Contradictions: A Mock Trial of Andrew Jackson

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students examine the life and presidency of Andrew Jackson. In this Andrew Jackson activity, students conduct research to prepare for a mock trial regarding the president's image. Students engage in historical research prior to the mock...
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Nationalism in France: French Revolution

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Determine if you think nationalism led france into the French Revolution. Presented here are multiple facts pertaining to France's nationalist ideology and the path leading to the Revolution. While text is somewhat scant, major events...
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How Are People Portrayed by Different Media?

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Student investigate the media portrayal of 9/11. In this media instructional activity, students analyze how the media portrayed a person in power during the 9/11 attacks. Students gather information about the person's beliefs,...
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Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X: A Common Solution?: Lesson Plan

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the ideological and political development of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X through primary source documents. They identify the various personal, social, and political factors that influenced Martin Luther King,...
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Hitler's Fatal Gamble

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students consider the differences between totalitarianism and democracy. In this comparative politics lesson, students will read a handout describing the major components that comprise totalitarianism and democracy, then they will apply...
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Designing a Political Campaign

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders create an original political campaign complete with a party, ideology, slogan, poster, and brochure. They work in collaborative groups to complete this assignment using Microsoft Word and a drawing program.
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Bias in News Sources

For Teachers 9th - 12th
As young consumers of media, it is important for high schoolers to explore concepts of bias and prejudice, and how they may be present in media. After discussing ideological messages that media can contain, individuals complete a warm-up...
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Anna and the King: The Real Story of Anna Leonowens

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students explore the true life of Anna Leonowens and how the mythic story of her relationship with the King of Siam evolved. They explore the systems of nineteenth century colonization as well as twentieth century political ideology.
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The Challenge of Selecting an Ideal Supreme Court Nominee

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Nearly every president has had the opportunity to name a nominee to the United States Supreme Court. But what makes someone an ideal candidate to become a Supreme Court justice? High schoolers test their prior knowledge about the Supreme...
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The Origins of American Government

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students create an advertising campaign to persuade the Founding Fathers to adopt a particular political philosophy. Working in groups, they conduct research about a certain political philosophy. Students create a pitch to be made to...
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History by Heroes

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students role play one of the Presidents between 1877 and today. Individually, they use the internet to research the President through official documents, political cartoons and various editorials. Throughout the year, they are asked to...
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The Progressive Movement

For Teachers 10th - 11th
While the Progressives never formed a political party they did develop an ideology. Provide viewers with an interesting, yet challenging presentation on the Progressive Movement that introduces key individuals and highlights key events...
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Courting Controversy?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students consider their own personal opinions on divisive issues. They examine the confirmation of Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. and investigate issues from different ideological and philosophical perspectives.
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Using Torture on Suspected Terrorists

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students asses the ethical, ideological, and political advantages both domestically and internationally. They analyze if it is beneficial to have terrorists share information or not and consider what is fair or unfair punishment for...
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Causes of the American Revolution

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Young scholars answer the question of: How did England impose its political and economic control over the colonies? They create a comic strip depicting the event of the Boston Massacre. Students complete a Wordstoming activity to...
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Truth Or Consequences

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine historical works of art and analyze how these paintings could be used for personal, cultural, and/or political purposes. This exploratory lesson on art ideology includes two handouts/worksheets for student use and...
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Violence Prevention

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Compare and contrast the ideologies of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle schoolers conduct research regarding civil rights and rhetorical strategies used in political speechs. They examine the strategies that both men employed...
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Korean War

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students identify and interpret general information about the Korean War, including important dates, terms, events, and participants. They also identify what the Cairo Declaration was and what military forces, political forces, and...
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Fundamentalism

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders explore the historical roots of fundamentalism and determine whether fundamentalism is a religion or a political ideology. They will examine different religious fundamentalist movements around the world noting any...
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Trial at the Turn of the Century

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars examine and explore various aspects of change at the turn of the century including economic, political, civil and others. Students then locate and analyze various primary sources to write an essay that demonstrates their...
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Conflict Diamonds

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine how diamonds are portrayed in American culture. They identify the political and social implications of conflict diamonds and the locations of these diamonds in Africa. They evaluate the effectiveness of the Kimberley...
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Foreign War and Domestic Freedom: A Delicate Balancing Act

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate civil liberties in the U.S. They watch and discuss a PowerPoint presentation, conduct research on an event from a timeline, complete a worksheet, take an ideology quiz, and conduct a debate.
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Northern and Southern Differences in 1856

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders investigate differences between the ideology of the Northern and Southern states in 1856. In this states' history lesson plan, 4th graders examine the needs for slaves in the Southern agricultural economy, and compare it...
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Science and Politics in the Soviet Union

For Students 8th - 12th
In this Soviet Union worksheet, students read a 2-page selection about scientific work in the country and then respond to 4 short answer questions based on the selection.
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Eleanor Roosevelt and the Rise of Social Reform in the 1930's

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders explore the various roles that Eleanor Roosevelt took on.  In this US History lesson plan, 11th graders analyze the views that Eleanor Roosevelt held as an advocate for social justice.  Students evaluate her...
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America's Civil Rights Movement

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders explore, analyze and study the background to America's Civil Rights Movement through the court system, mass protest, public opinion, political cartoons and legislation. They research Rosa Parks, Brown vs. Board of...
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"An Expression of the American Mind": Understanding the Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research the structure of the Declaration: introduction, main political/philosophical ideas, grievances and assertion of sovereignty. They analyze the ideological/political origins of the ideas in the Declaration. Students...
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"I am determined to prove a villain" Richard III, Shakespeare, and the Creation of Villains

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
Students create a list of historical and fictional figures to identify their villainous behaviors and qualities. In this Shakespeare instructional activity, students discuss historical and fictional villains and their common...
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Project Based Lesson - Civil Rights

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the Civil Rights movement. They investigate the changes in legislative, social, and civil arenas concerning the matters of race, sex, and political pacifism. In groups, students gather information concerning the...
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Fugitive from Labor Cases: Henry Garnett (1850) and Moses Honner (1860)

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars engage in the comparison of cases which demonstrate the increasingly volatile political crisis in the 1850s arising over the issue of slavery and the necessity for the enactment of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to...
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I'm Watching you 24/7

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Pupils analyze events and developments that have occurred in history.  In this political lesson students write an essay and a letter to the editor. 
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How far have we come in the "Freedom Struggle"?

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders assess an appreciation for the sacrifices made to achieve fundamental rights in our society. They analyze how far we've come to explore what more needs to be done in the "Freedom Struggle." Each student completes a...
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Respect My Rights, Respect My Dignity: Module One – Poverty and Human Rights

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Creating an environment where learners feel both educated and empowered challenges any teacher when discussing a sometimes bleak topic. A respectful resource provides them with the details and permits them to make a plan of action....
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Respect My Rights, Respect My Dignity Module Three – Sexual and Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Give learners the support they need to take action in their communities when it comes to sexual and reproductive rights. A resource teaches the class about global issues surrounding gender inequality, including both readings and...
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Famous Women in the Military

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students identify and research various women and their roles in military history. They describe how modern political positions are affected by differences in ideologies and viewpoints that have developed over time. Finally, students...
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The Judiciary in American History

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate the influence of political and societal forces on judicial decisions. Among the topics they examine are the selection of judges and the cause and effect relationship between politics, society, and the law. to...
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Crossroads: Chicano Identity and Border Culture

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers identify and explore complex ways that the theme of "frontiers" or socio-political borders affect Chicano identity in the US and examine notions of "resistance" and "affirmation" as a fundamental ideology in Chicano life,...
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Herber Readiness Activity: Tale of Two Cities

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Learners explore themes in A Tale of Two Cities. For this language arts lesson, students discuss themes and ideologies in the novel. Learners read and locate the themes they discussed.
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Bosnia, Serbia

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students read and discuss an article about the geographical and political history of Bosnia. They examine recent conflicts, discuss tension between various ethnic and religious groups and review timelines and maps.
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Comparison of Economic Systems

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Here is a worksheet in which learners identify and compare economic systems (market, command, mixed, etc.) with 18 fill-in-the-blank questions and a graphic organizer. 
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Taxed Tempers Toss Tea To Tides

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Engage learners in persuasive writing, research, and creative thinking. They research the series of events that led to the Boston Tea Party and create brochures that include propaganda intended to rally Patriot support or dissuade...
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Lesson Plans for Portrait of the Young Countess Schouvalof

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
Students analyze the art for the Young Countess of Schouvalof and also practice recognizing the work of Le Brun, Leonardo da Vinci, and Andy Warhol. In this portrait art lesson, students analyze copies of the artists work and mark on the...
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Timewarp

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Young scholars explore federal elections which have had an impact on their lives.
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Law Day -- May 1

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars read, "Enforcement of Voting Rights" and "Discussion Text." students discuss the terms "color conscious" and "colorblind" as used in the context of these articles and how accurate the texts are.
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The Butterfly

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders investigate Germany during World War II. In this world history lesson plan, 6th graders research the Nazi's during World War II writing a summary of what they find after listening to the story known as The Butterfly.
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The WCTU and the Lynching Controversy

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students analyze writings of famous authors and record their positions on lynching and segregation. They research arguments to explore the attitudes of people in the South and the North during the 19th century.
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Nonviolent Resistance: Gandhi and King

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students use the internet to research the major events and dates of Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. In groups, they use this information to create a poster to present to the class. They reflect on how these two men were...
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Basics of the Korean War

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Students research the key players and major events of the Korean War. Students assigned in groups, research a country involved in the Korean War. Groups then bring their information to the whole groups to explain their country's...
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Getting to Know the House

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students take a closer look at representative government. In this House of Representatives instructional activity, students discuss their local representative in Congress and research his or her responsibilities. Students respond to the...
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A STUDENT SIMULATION: THE SIX PARTY TALKS

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students participate in a simulation of diplomatic talks regarding N. Korea's nuclear capability. In this foreign policy lesson, students research their assigned country's position on the topic and scenario solutions. Students engage in...
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A Ticket to Philly—In 1769: Thinking about Cities, Then and Now

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
While cities had only a small fraction of the population in colonial America, they played a significant role in pre-revolutionary years, and this was certainly true for the largest city in the North American colonies: Philadelphia. Your...
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A Brief History of Women in America

For Teachers 7th - 12th
The story of women throughout American history is fascinating. Travel the path from domestic slave to the modern day with advocates such as Susan B. Anthony, the Grimké Sisters, and Gloria Steinem. A wonderful presentation that shows how...
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How are People Portrayed by Different Media?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Your 9th - 12th graders can hone their analysis and critical thinking skills by studying the way a subject is portrayed across media types. They examine how various print, visual, and online sources have portrayed key players in the 9/11...
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African American Voting Rights and the North Carolina Constitution

For Teachers 9th - 11th Standards
To begin a study of voting rights, class members take a sample literacy test that individuals had to pass to be able to vote. They then engage in a WebQuest, investigating the history of African American voting rights in North Carolina.
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Slave Resistance

For Teachers 5th - 11th Standards
Young historians discover how slaves brought to America were active in their resistance to their enslavement, and work to dispel the typical stereotype of slaves as docile and passive peoples through discussion, notes, and a role-playing...
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Follow the Marx

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young scholars explore communism from historical and theoretical perspectives to present to fellow classmates at a teach-in. Each team of students be responsible for researching and presenting on one of the suggested topics in the lesson.
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The WCTU and the Lynching Controversy

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders analyze the writings of Frances Hard and Ida B. Wells and outline their positions and attitudes towards segregation and lynching. They utilize Wells' and Hard's arguments to explore lynching, racial attitudes in the...
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Afghanistan Today: Civil War and Human Rights

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War. They analyze the role of religion and cultural identity in shaping governments. They also examine the United States foreign policy.
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Living History: Local Voices of the Civil Rights Movement

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
Your young historians will learn about the civil rights movement of the 1960s and the nature of Jim Crow laws from those in the community who experienced it first-hand.
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School Segregation

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
Young historians explore monumental events in the history of school segregation in the United States, such as Brown v. Board of Education and the Little Rock Nine. They conclude with an experiential activity by delivering an argument in...
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The End of the Cold War (1979-1991)

For Teachers 11th Standards
Scholars use primary and secondary documents, as well as video evidence, to investigate the end of the Cold War.  After completing the final installment of an eight-part series, class members better understand the issues surrounding the...
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The Election of 1912

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
The Election of 1912: an election with four competitive opponents. Pupils get to know the candidates with informative reading passages that provide context to the election. Then, the class engages in a debate and answers questions as one...
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Writing Women: The Yellow Wallpaper

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners examine the historical, social, cultural and economic context of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's story, The Yellow Wallpaper. Students determine the place of the middle class woman and her role in society.
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The Causes and Course of the First World War

For Teachers 10th
Use this twelve-day lesson plan to teach about the causes and courses of WWI. Each day scholars attend lectures, complete creative activities, and hold round table discussions on what they've learned. Web links and resources are...
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Give Me Liberty

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders determine how the colonial experience led to the thirst for American independence. In this American Revolution lesson, 10th graders explore the effects of colonial self-government on rebelling from British control. Articles...
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Helping Others Cope

For Teachers 2nd - 5th Standards
After reading the tale, The Mouse Family’s Most Terrible, Terrifying Day by Joan S. Duphy, scholars take part in a grand conversation, brainstorming ways they can actively support a community that has suffered a terrorism attack.
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Islamist Extremism in the Last 20 Years

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
The 9/11 assault on the World Trade Center was neither the first nor the last such attack by Islamist extremists. As part of a study or the impact of such events, groups investigate the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the 2000 attack on...
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One Man’s Terrorist…Another Man’s Freedom Fighter

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Why is there no universal definition for terrorism? What tactics and objectives do terrorist groups share? Through an engaging and collaborative activity, as well as using rich informational texts and guided notes, lead your class...
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Primary Source Worksheet: “Report on Manufacturers,” Annals of Congress

For Students 8th - 11th Standards
Invite your learners to take a look at life during the term of United States president George Washington through analysis of an interesting primary source. The document summarizes American manufacturing capacities, as detailed by the...
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Reading Nonfiction: Analyzing Joseph McCarthy's "Enemies from Within" Speech

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Looking for a lesson that teaches class members how to analyze nonfiction? Use Joseph McCarthy's famous "Enemies from Within" speech as a instructional text. Worksheet questions direct readers' attention to the many historical references...
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Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X: A Common Solution?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Much has been made of the differences between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. But was there any common ground between them? Class members reconsider what they think they know about these two civil rights leaders with biographical...
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Principles vs. Practices

For Teachers 10th Standards
Have you ever wondered what your own World Order would look like? Scholars use primary and secondary documents as well as video clips to investigate and analyze the Cold War. Using the sources, the principles and practices of nations...
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English Vocabulary Skills: AWL Sublist 7 - Exercise 2c

For Students 9th - 12th
In this online interactive English vocabulary skills worksheet, students answer 10 matching questions which require them to fill in the blanks in 10 sentences. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Background to the Korean War

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students consider the causes of the Korean War. In this Korean history lesson, students research the Japanese occupation of Korea, the surrender of Korea by Japan, the evolution of North and South Korea in the 1940's, the failed...
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Afghanistan and Its Neighbors: Model Summit

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students examine the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War. They discover the role of religion and cultural identity in the war in Afghanistan. They explore the arguments for and and against...
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Coming to America: U.S. Immigration

For Teachers 10th - 11th
Analyze primary source documents relating the conditions under with prompted American immigration. Learners will analyze information in order to create a six-panel pamphlet. Much of the instructional activity is not available but the key...
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What is Terrorism?

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Spark what's sure to be an interesting discussion in your classroom by introducing the topic of terrorism. Consider the meaning of the word terrorism and examine the associated connotations with a brief introductory reading. With your...
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The History of the Holocaust From A Personal Perspective

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students research and identify how Holocaust events affected lives of real people who lived in Europe from 1933 through 1945 and after, and create original artwork, poetry, and essays that reflect understanding of Holocaust, and its...
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McMUN Model United Nations

For Teachers 10th - 12th
If you have been searching for a plan to run a model U.N. simulation, this plan provides some bare bones for your activity. Scholars break into blocs to research and discuss global issues and come up with collaborative solutions. In...
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Understanding the Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students identify and interpret the Declaration of Independence and the rights and privileges demanded in the document. They also identify how those rights and privileges have affected our history. Students then research about the...
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Expansion and Reform: Applying the Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students conduct inquiries and research-acquiring, organizing, analyzing, interpreting, evaluating, and communicating facts, themes, and general principles operating in American history. They use the Declaration of Independence to...
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The French Revolution

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders explore the events leading up to the French Revolution. In this World History instructional activity, 10th graders participate in a class discussion as the teacher shares a Powerpoint presentation, then the students rewrite...
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Lesson 4. Killing Fields

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders describe several of the WWI's bloodiest battles, track the battles' progression to determine advances made by leading nations, and write frontline journalistic accounts of one or more of the battles.
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The Civil War: On the Homefront

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders examine the role of Indiana soldiers in the Civil War. In this American Civil War lesson, 8th graders listen to a lecture about the involvement of Indiana soldiers in the war and then analyze letters written home by the...
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The Third Congressional Congress

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders access prior knowledge of the American Revolution. In this American Revolution activity, 8th graders research important people and events of the Revolution.  Students role play various famous people and their impact on the...
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Fallen Angels Study Questions & Essay Topics

For Students 8th - Higher Ed
In this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to 7 short answer and essay questions about Walter Dean Myers's Fallen Angels. Students may check some of their answers online.
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Writing About Literature and Linguistics

For Teachers 4th - 8th
An excellent presentation on styles of writing awaits your young writers. They are coached on all sorts of writing tasks; creating thesis statements, supporting those statements, word choice, and finding sources. Some terrific websites...
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Joseph Stalin

For Students 8th - 12th
In this online interactive history instructional activity, students respond to 10 short answer and essay questions about the accomplishments of Joseph Stalin. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive instructional...
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Bossy Britain Upsets Colonists

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students examine the causes of dissatisfaction that led to the American Revolution. Then they make a Flap Vocabulary Book and glue on a map of the thirteen colonies and make a title page called "Road to War in it." Students also...
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Joseph Stalin: Multiple Choice

For Students 7th - 12th
In this online interactive history quiz worksheet, students respond to 50 multiple choice questions about the accomplishments of Joseph Stalin. Students may submit their answers to be scored
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Diaries From the Holocaust

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders find similarities and differences in two different diary entries. In this Holocaust history meets literary skills activity, 6th graders read the diary of a soldier or prisoner from the the Auschwitz concentration camp and...
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History: I'm Watching You 24/7

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students examine the growth of authoritarian societies. Focusing on North Korea, they watch video clips looking for examples of totalitarianism and identify the problems there. They write letters to the editors of local newspapers...
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The Cold War: Culture of Fear

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the the dropping of the atomic bomb upon the citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They examine a speech by President Kennedy and analyze the cause-and-effect relationships between the United States and the Soviet Union. ...
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New Deal Agencies

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students identify examples of government intervention during crisis. In this New Deal lesson, students play a game to place descriptions and names to abbreviations of New Deal Agencies. Students interview a person who lived through the...
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What Happened to Slaves When their Owners Died?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers analyze last and testaments of former slaveowners to identify and explain economic, social and cultural differences between the North and the South leading up to the Civil War.
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Flag Wars

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners consider how zoning policy shapes the character of neigborhoods. They see how zoning and loan policies have been used historically in the U.S. to benefit some people and discriminate against others. They examine tensions between...
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The Road to Democracy

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders examine the road to the American Revolution. In this American Revolution instructional activity, 11th graders read Thomas Paine's works and identify the issues that the colonists had with the British government.
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World War I and Its Consequences

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders decipher the long and short term causes of World War I. They follow through by studying the history of the present day situation in the Balkans and simulating peace talks with presentations.
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Lincoln's Spot Resolutions

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the controversy and varying points of view leading up to the 19th century Mexican War. They research examples of anti-war movements throughout history and write editorials about their findings.
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Lesson 6: World War I Ends

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students study why the United States entered World War I and brainstorm what led to the German collapse on the front. They review arguments for the factors contributing to the end of the war.
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Lesson 3. No One Spared

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders, in groups, explore the devastation that World War I inflicted on millions of people around the world. They write a first-hand account of the impact of World war I.
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Lesson 5. Breaking Point

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders explore how soldiers could be pushed to desertion and mutiny and how this decision affected the outcome of the war.
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Nationalism

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders examine the causes and course of World War I. They read and discuss a handout, simulate the formation of a country, design a flag, develop a national slogan, and present their country's information to the class.
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The Gettysburg Address

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Pupils explore the implications of the Gettysburg Address. In this Civil War lesson, students read a handout regarding Gettysburg Address, analyze an excerpt of the speech, and complete the provided worksheet activities.
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Blind Newsdealer

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Students analyze a painting by Ralph Fasanella and answer questions regarding context of the art. For this art analysis lesson, students analyze Fasanella's 'Blind Newsdealer' and answer discuss questions about the painting's theme and...
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Lesson 4: Duties and Roles of the Supreme Court

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders explore the role of the Judicial Branch. In this U.S. government lesson, 12th graders take notes regarding how the courts have changed over time and then become observers of the court's history as they create timelines...
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Lesson: Emory Douglas: Decoding Images and Vocabulary Activity

For Teachers 9th - 12th
To better understand the work of Black Panther logo artist Emory Douglas, learners define literary devices. They define a series of words such as metaphor, simile, and assonance, then place an example of that device found in Emory...
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The Two-Party System: Chapter 5

For Students 11th
Guide your students' reading with this learning exercise. Included are five matching and five multiple choice questions focused on aspects of the two-party system employed in the United States. Use as a quiz, guided reading questions, or...
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News Journalism Across the Media: Introduction

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Although students are aware of news as information that influences their perceptions of the world, they are often unaware of the various ways to present that information. Encourage them to investigate, discuss, analyze and make valuable...
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Avoiding Armageddon

For Teachers 9th - 12th
PBS has written a series of lessons on avoiding Armageddon. This is lesson 4 of 5 and focuses on defining terrorism. Upper graders watch episode 3 of "Avoiding Armageddon - The New Face of Terror," read how terrorism is defined by the...
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Introduction to the Holocaust

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars examine the events surrounding the Holocaust in World War II. After viewing a clip from "The War", they work together in groups to research the various responses from governments on the tradegy. To end the instructional...
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Locke's Second Treatise on Civil Government

For Students 9th - 12th
In this online interactive history worksheet, students respond to 10 short answer and essay questions about Locke's Second Treatise on Civil Government.
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Hiroshima, From All Sides

For Teachers 10th - 11th
Students comprehend how the Atomic Bomb affected humanity and ended WWII. They comprehend how the Atomic Bomb affected: scientists, Japanese citizens, and US leaders. Students receive a copy of Hiroshima, Readers Theater Rubiv. They...
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Changing Circumstances, Changing U.S. Foreign Policy

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students examine how relationships between countries change overtime. They identify the factors that play a role in altering the relationships and contribute to U.S. foreign policy toward their country of research. Groups conduct their...
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Architecture and Democracy

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders contrast and compare ancient Greece to the U.S.A.  In this Greek History lesson, 5th graders investigate the buildings and designs of ancient Greece, as well as their democracy and government.  Students answer questions...
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Mother Jones

For Students 6th - 12th
For this online interactive history worksheet, students respond to 8 essay and short answer questions about Mother Jones and her contributions to the Progressive Movement.
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Submarines: A Heated Competition in a Cold War

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students discuss the concept of competition during the Cold War, identifying U.S. and former Soviet Union on a map. They discuss K-19 disaster and the role competition played, creating a log of K-19's first mission from the captain's...
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His Story/Her Story/Your Story

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students read a variety of biographies to gain insight on the experiences of an African-American's life. Individually, they try to determine the time period it was written and compare the event with ones that occured in their own lives....
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Ojibwa Arts

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners create a poem based on the Native American Ojibwa art that they read about. In this Ojibwa art lesson plan, students read captions and look at pictures of Ojibwa art and then make up a poem based on them.
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Attitudes About Slavery in Franklin County, Pennsylvania

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the historical attitudes towards slavery in Pennsylvania. They read transcriptions from two Pennsylvania newspapers and compare/contrast the county's Republican and Democratic Parties' positions on slavery.
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Vladimir Lenin

For Students 8th - 12th
In this online interactive history worksheet, students respond to 10 short answer and essay questions about Vladimir Lenin. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive worksheet. 
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The First Years of the Union (1797-1809)

For Students 7th - 12th
For this online interactive history worksheet, students respond to 11 short answer and essay questions about the United States between 1797 and 1809. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive worksheet.
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Teaching about Islam

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders explore the effects of globalization on the Global South. In this World History lesson, 9th graders research a specific Islamic region.  Students create a presentation that explain the effects of globalization on their...
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Breadline

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Pupils examine the breadlines during the Great Depression. They view a short video about different country's responses to mass unemployment. They interview family members if possible who lived during the Depression.
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Fast Forward

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Students view a television program exploring social and economic changes at the close of the twentieth century. They discuss changes from differing perspectives including poor and rich citizens from various countries. Students write an...
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Get to Know Your Bill of Rights

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders research and examine the first ten amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America. They sequence events significant to this time period, read and discuss text, and in small groups prepare and present the...
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Supreme Court Confirmation Process

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the Supreme Court and the confirmation process. They simulate a confirmation hearing with students role-playing as nominees and others as members of the Judiciary Committee. Students compose short essays outlining the...
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Comparing War Monuments in North and South Korea

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students compare war monuments of North and South Korea. In this Korean history lesson plan, students compare and contrast images of the war monuments in both countries. Students analyze the message behind the monuments as they complete...
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Olympics

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore the boycott of the 1980 Olympics by the United States. In this Olympic boycott lesson, students conduct research to identify the reasons behind the boycott as well as opinions regarding the boycott. Students participate...
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Lesson Plan on World War II: Illinois Role-The 33rd Infantry Division

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers complete several creative writing assignments regarding the 33rd Infantry Division of Illinois, which was active during World War II. They discuss how this war brought about changes in the state of Illinois and...
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Who's in Charge of This Animal?

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders study wildlife management and identify the appropriate government agencies that are in charge. They examine different wildlife management techniques. They write a letter showing interest in the activities of one of the...
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The Two Koreas: Will They Ever Reunite?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the possibility of reunifying Korea. In this Korean history lesson plan, students investigate the events that led to the creation of North and South Korea. Students compose position papers that feature the topic of...
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Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wall-paper" -- The "New Woman"

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the roles of women in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. They identify how class and nationality affected a woman's place in society. They also discover women's resistance to change during the time period.
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Let's look out for Australia

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students explore the meaning of terrorism and its implication for Australia. They also consider the intended and possible outcomes of aspects of the Commonwealth Government's National Security Public Information Campaign.
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America's Future Culture

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders research the past and present policies in the United States regarding immigration. As a class, they read "Immigration Timeline" to examine the various groups who came to America for a better life. To end the lesson,...
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The Legacy of Imperialism

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders research the historical background of a chosen country. They analyze the effects of Imperialism from a personal, historic, and modern-day perspective. They formulate a postion regarding the effects of Imperialism in their...
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Lena Horne: Race and the American Artist

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine how race played a critical role in Lena Horne's life. They conduct Internet research, participate in a class debate, write a letter, and create a presentation based on their Internet research.
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"History of My Family"

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars explore world geography by participating in a family history project. In this U.S.S.R. instructional activity, students read assigned text regarding the Stalinist era of Russia and the intolerance that thrived there. Young...
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The Common School Era

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students are introduced to the Common School Era. In groups, they focus on a subtopic of the Common School Era and present their findings to the class. Each group is given a puzzle piece on the Common School Era and discover how each...
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Do's and Don'ts of Teaching Black History

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students complete activities for Black History month. In this Black history month activity, students complete assignments their teacher chooses after they have examined the do's and don'ts of teaching the subject.
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American Health Care: The Best in the World?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers engage in a lesson that is concerned with the realm of healthcare and the history of how it was established. They conduct research using a variety of resources. Students focus upon the function of the American Healthcare...
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Separating Fact from Fiction

For Students Higher Ed
In this English grammar worksheet, students study a chart of definitions and pointers.  Students then read 5 explanations as to how to separate fact from fiction.
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Unionism versus Secessionism in Virginia

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders, in groups, analyze newspaper articles and then debate and discuss if Virginia should succeed from the Union or not.
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Common Sense: The Rhetoric of Popular Democracy

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners identify important arguments for independence made in Thomas Paine's Common Sense. They explain why these arguments helped persuade American colonists that independence was necessary. Students describe the importance of Common...
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the Holocaust: the Life of a Jew

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers describe in detail the harsh conditions that the Jews were faced with. They practice their writing skills by keeping a daily journal and identify how their lives have been influenced by the Holocaust.
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Scholarship and Learning in Islam

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students explain what a madrasah represents in Islam. Using the Muslim world as an example, they identify and describe two or more centers of learning. They explain the contributions that Muslims have made to science and math and...
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Requiem The Song of the Murdered Jewish People

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers read poem The Song of the Murdered Jewish People, listen to Requiem based on poem, work on reading poem as music plays, discuss reasons for composer's musical choices, and investigate possibilities of performing a reading...
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Manifest Destiny and Westward Expansion

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students discover how manifest destiny and westward expansion are related. Using the Internet, they research the beginnings of the movement of manifest destiny and how it influenced people moving westward. They discuss the expectations...
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Places of the Cold War

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore geographic locations significant in the Cold War. In this Cold War lesson, students complete a worksheet that requires them to use primary and secondary sources to log information about important Cold War locations.
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Charolotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wall-paper" - the "New Woman"

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Students analyze the life of American middle to upper-class women in the mid- to late-nineteenth century and early twentieth century. In this women's suffrage lesson, students visit the given links in the lesson to analyze the changing...
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Origins of the Cold War: Power Point Presentation

For Students 8th - 12th
In this Cold War worksheet, students review a PowerPoint presentation about the conflict and then respond to 48 fill in the blank questions about it.
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The Glorious Revolution, the American Revolution, and the French Revolution

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students relate the Glorious Revolution, the American Revolution, and the French Revolution through web based research and scenarios.
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Our Compromise, Our Constitution

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders explore, analyze and study our constitutional government and become aware of the purpose of our government. They assess the basic rights that are protected by the United States Constitution through graphic organizers and...
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People Power

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers view a television program that explores many Eastern European residents' discontentment with communism. They work in groups to research living conditions in an Eastern European country before communism, under communism and...

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