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Laws and the National Community

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
When it comes to the law, is justice always served? Teach scholars about how law sometimes enables prejudice of entire groups of people with a unit on World War II that includes a warm-up activity, analysis of primary sources,...
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Four Activities: Thurgood Marshall and the Nomination and Confirmation of Federal Judges

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
The process of nominating and confirming federal judges can sound like a lot of bureaucratic hoops, but a resource breaks down the steps of the Supreme Court nominations in a simpler manner. Learners participate in four activities that...
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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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Hot Spots Research Project

For Teachers 10th Standards
The Cold War was only between the US and the USSR, right? Wrong! Scholars use primary and secondary resources to analyze the global impact of the Cold War. The fourth installment of an eight-part series culminates in the creation of a...
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Decolonization

For Teachers 10th Standards
The ripple effect from one small event can impact many others. Young historians research the ripple effect World War II had on decolonization in the second installment of an eight-part series. Through primary and secondary documents as...
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Making the Case for Equality: A Comparison

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Martin Luther King Jr's " I Have a Dream" speech and Atticus Finch's closing argument during the trial of Tom Robinson both address the societal need to overcome racism. After examining the rhetorical devices and figurative language used...
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Leaders for Today

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
A. Philip Randolph, Bayard Rustin, Norman Hill, and Rachelle Horowitz were the principal organizers of the 1963 March on Washington. After reading primary source documents about these individuals, their contributions to the march, and...
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Thomas Jefferson's Library: Making the Case for a National Library

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
The United States Library of Congress, the largest library in the world. But such was not always the case. The library was destroyed during the War of 1812. In a persuasive letter to Samuel H. Smith, Thomas Jefferson offered to sell his...
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Evolution of the Presidency: Theodore Roosevelt to Franklin D. Roosevelt

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
How much power should a president be allowed to exert? Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt exercised their power according to their interpretations of the United States Constitution, and these interpretations affected the...
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The Meaning of America: Self-Command

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Even for one of the most accomplished men in American history, there was room for improvement. Challenge high schoolers to use Benjamin Franklin's Project for Moral Perfection to analyze text, make inferences, connect to historical...
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Public Opinion and News Reporting

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
In theory, the stories on the front page of a newspaper are a factual reporting of events without bias, while editorial writers try to persuade readers to view events in a certain light. To test the theory, class members examine articles...
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Historical Thinking Chart

For Students 5th - 10th Standards
Narrow down your questions about author perspective, historical context, and veracity of claims in a document with the help of a historical reading chart. Learners track the basics of the document along with advanced evaluation skills...
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Andrew Jackson’s Speech to Congress on Indian Removal

For Students 9th - 11th Standards
How did President Andrew Jackson justify the removal of Native Americans from their homeland? After your young historians examine Jackson's speech to Congress in 1830 preceding the Indian Removal Act, they will then delve into text-based...
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The White Man's Burden

For Students 9th - 10th Standards
Pupils practice primary source analysis techniques and examine Rudyard Kipling's famous poem titled "The White Man's Burden," which sparked great controversy over American colonization in the nineteenth century.
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“Day of Infamy” Speech

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Examine US involvement in World War II by taking a close look at the speech FDR delivered after Pearl Harbor was bombed. After reading the speech, class members respond to a series of text-dependent questions and jot down ideas for a few...
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End of the Cold War

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How significant was the Cold War during the 20th century? After reading and analyzing speeches by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, learners consider the historical context of foreign policy decisions made during the Cold War by both...
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The Presidency

For Students 5th - 11th Standards
Ladies and gentlemen, the Presidents of the United States! An easy-to-use and dependable reference app for your young historians, The American Presidency offers users a quick snapshot of each of the 44 presidents in United States history...
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Primary Source Worksheet: Letter Regarding the Whiskey Rebellion

For Students 8th - 11th Standards
Analyze the federal government's direct response to the Whiskey Rebellion through this fantastic primary source analysis activity worksheet.
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Population Pyramids: Powerful Predictors of the Future

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Here is a very interesting visual for analyzing a country's shift from a pre-industrial society to one with an industrial or post-industrial economy. The video explains how a population pyramid is used to track a country's position in...
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The Voyage of Slaves in the Transatlantic Slave Trade

For Teachers 5th - 10th Standards
Use best-teaching practices to discuss the practices and implications of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Here you'll find a detailed lesson plan involving a variety of collaborative and engaging components, including image analysis,...
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The Nineteenth Amendment

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
Beginning with an exercise of favoritism to engage learners, progressing through image and primary source analysis of the Nineteenth Amendment and the Seneca Falls Declaration, and culminating in a look at a political cartoon...
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F.D.R. and the New Deal

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
Discover how President Franklin D. Roosevelt sought to alleviate hardships of the Great Depression by analyzing the words of his inaugural address and exploring the various New Deal programs he would later implement.
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The Public Sphere

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
How do discussions in the public sphere contribute to a public agenda, and how are these discussions distinct from those in the private sphere? This resource includes fantastic secondary source reading material on this topic, as well as...
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The Meaning of America: National Identity and Why It Matters

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Combining a close reading of a classic American text with the study of history can be a very powerful strategy, and this is most certainly the case with this resource using Edward Everett Hale's The Man without a Country. Consider themes...