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Lesson 1: The First Great Awakening

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
High schoolers examine the First Great Awakening and how it affected religious belief in colonial America. They read and analyze primary source documents, explore various websites, and write a five-paragraph essay examining the beliefs...
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The Freedmen's Bureau: Success or Failure?

For Teachers 6th - 9th Standards
New ReviewWhat is freedom? The United States grappled with the question at the end of the Civil War after four million enslaved people were freed. Using circulars and images from the Reconstruction period, individuals examine how successful the...
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Imperialism and the Open Door

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
After the United States emerged as a global power, it began to muscle its way into trading agreements with China. Using primary sources, budding historians examine the Open Door policy, which emerged during this time. Primary sources and...
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Creating the Office of the Presidency

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The United States needed an executive power, but it wanted to avoid a monarchy. Using James Madison's notes on the Constitutional Convention, young historians look at the juggling act the Founding Fathers did to create a role for the...
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The Question of Representation at the 1787 Convention

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
While the Constitution is considered enshrined today, its current form is the result of haggling at a secret convention in 1787. Using transcripts from the meetings and various plans as drafted by the delegates, class members unpack the...
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What Should the US Do About North Korea's Nuclear Weapons?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
North Korea, a shadowy nation distrustful of America, is working on a nuclear weapons program. What should the United States do? The question has plagued American presidents for years, but now young scholars get to make their...
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The Vietnam War

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Doonesbury—the sage of our time—had a lot to say about the complex national feelings around the Vietnam War. Class members examine cartoon strips to suss out the various perspectives around the conflict on the home front after preparing...
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DBQuest: The Nashville Sit-In Movement

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What was it like to be a part of the sit-ins during the Civil Rights Movement? Learners consider the question and whether the protests were effective using an online documents-based investigation. The program allows for virtual...
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Dred Scott v. Sandford Supreme Court Decision

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Dred Scott was a harbinger of the Civil War. An enslaved man claimed freedom because his owner had taken him into free territory. Not only did the Supreme Court rule that Dred Scott and his wife were to remain enslaved, but it also ruled...
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Centers of the Storm: The Lyceum and the Circle at the University of Mississippi

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Greek Revival architecture and the Civil Rights Movement? Sure! Examine how the Lyceum and Circle, two historic buildings located on the campus of the University of Mississippi, relate to integration and the 1962 riot on the university...
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The Debate in the United States over the League of Nations: Five Camps: From Voices of Consent to Voices of Dissent

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
High schoolers explore and discuss Woodrow Wilson's concepts for peace and the League of Nations. They understand efforts made to foster American support for the League and discuss the opposition shown in the Senate.
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Slavery and the American Founding: The "Inconsistency Not to Be Excused"

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
High schoolers examine slavery in the revolutionary and colonial eras of the United States. In this slavery instructional activity, students investigate the presence of slavery in early America, the language of the Constitution, and the...
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Lesson 3: Religion and the Fight for American Independence

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Pupils explore the role religion played in the American Revolutionary War. Using primary documents and writing exercises, high schoolers understand how religion was used in support of the war efforts and how specific religious groups...
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Lesson 2: The Debate in Congress on the Sedition Act

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Pupils research and discuss the provisions in the Constitution that supported the arguments for and against the Sedition Act. They articulate objections to and arguments in favor of the Sedition Act.
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The Strategy of Containment, 1947-1948

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Learners understand President Truman's strategy of containment by reading primary source documents, using an interactive map, discussing and writing short reports about the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan as applications of...
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Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart: Oral and Literary Strategies

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Readers are first introduced to Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart by making a map of Africa. They will better understand the novel's historical and literary contexts, European and African literary traditions, and how historical events...