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Unit 1: Human Rights Concepts

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The Declaration of Human Rights was put into place as a safeguard for lives across the globe. Scholars investigate current human rights crises in the second lesson of a six-part module using a Model UN curriculum. They research the...
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Simulation on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Why do Israel and Palestine have a history of conflict? Learners find out by participating in a simulation. They work through a scenario and take on one of 27–30 roles. They put themselves in the shoes of people from Israel, Palestine,...
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The Leadership of George Washington

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Why did Americans choose George Washington as their first president? After reading the resource, pupils discover why citizens trusted him to lead the country. They learn about his time as a military leader, as well as his actions after...
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The Battle of Yorktown

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
The Battle of Yorktown was an important battle of the American Revolutionary War for all sides. Learners read everything from the point of view of the British, the Americans, and finally, the French. After reading, they answer...
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The Freedom Riders

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
The freedom riders brought national attention to serious civil rights violations in the South, especially segregation. Young historians discover the details of how the group set out to spur change using an informative reading. Following...
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The March on Washington

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
How does marching get a point across to the government? Teach pupils about civics, human rights, and freedom of speech using the resource about the March on Washington. After reading, learners complete multiple-choice and short-answer...
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The Slaughterhouse Cases

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Do modern citizens interpret the Fourteenth Amendment the way it was intended? Scholars study the Slaughterhouse Cases to see how judges interpreted the amendment in the 1800s. Following the reading on the subject, they answer...
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The Cold War: The Space Race

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
What do the Cold War and the Space Race have in common? Learners search for that answer and many more, helping them to build their knowledge of historical global politics and tensions between nations. Following the reading, they answer...
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The Federalist Papers: Federalist Paper No. 10

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
James Madison, under the pen name “Publius,” justifies the need for an American Republic in Federalist Paper 10, which is perhaps one of the most influential contributions to the Federalist Papers. Readers examine his perspective with...
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Early History and Exploration Unit

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
We all know about Christopher Columbus, but who else explored the Americas, and specifically, the future United States of America? Learners find out these answers and more in a resource that includes four different reading sections,...
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The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Why was the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 so important? The reading in the resource discusses how the act affected Southerners, Northerners, and the slaves themselves. Scholars complete the reading as a form of direct instruction while...
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Separation of Powers/Qualifications of Office

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Time to work together in class to understand the separation of powers as well as the qualifications for office! The resource includes terms to review for pre-knowledge before beginning instruction. Following the review, pupils work on a...
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The Bill of Rights and Civil Liberties

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Why is the Bill of Rights so important to American's civil liberties? An important resource helps scholars find these answers and more by reading through state and federal constitutions to discover their own civil liberties. The activity...
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Do You Know Your Bill of Rights?

For Teachers 4th - 12th Standards
The Bill of Rights is much more than an important piece of paper! The rights cover everything from freedom of speech to the right to remain silent if arrested. Scholars find out their own rights by answering the questions in the form of...
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Article III WebQuest

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Why is Article III of the constitution so significant? Pupils discover the importance of Article III and how it relates to past as well as current events by completing Internet research using a provided handout. They learn everything...
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The Federalist Papers and The Federal Judiciary

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Pupils work in groups or as individuals to read about and then discuss the Federalist Papers. To finish, they write essays about an assigned topic dealing with the Federalist Papers and the federal judiciary.