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European Explorers

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
To compare how the Spanish, French, and English approached the exploration of North America, class groups examine primary source documents and become experts on one of four explorers: Francisco Coronado, Robert LaSalle, Samuel de...
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Analyzing Political Campaign Commercials

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Imagine a lesson plan that models for learners how to separate facts from opinions. How to detect bias. How to evaluate a source of information. How to identify propaganda. Although designed for middle schoolers, the activities in this...
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Jim Crow

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Who was Jim Crow? How did state and local governments restrict the freedoms and rights of African Americans? As you hold up a series of documents illustrating racial discrimination, your class members will identify rights that were...
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Colonial Influences

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Peruse a comprehensive and succinct resource on the major principles of the United States Constitution, such as rule of law, due process, and limited resources. Worksheets and activities allow learners to not only examine these big...
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Market Basket SMART/ActivInspire Lesson Plan

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Inflate your knowledge, not the economy! Pupils learn more about inflation with detailed worksheets and exciting activities such as role play, an interactive PowerPoint presentation, and a project in which they design a podcast on...
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The Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s and Today

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
Discover the fascinating history of the Equal Rights Amendment and discuss the major implications and considerations associated with it today. Here you will find background information on the topic, a graphic organizer summarizing...
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The Boston Massacre: You Be the Judge!

For Teachers 6th - 8th
The importance of considering multiple perspectives of the same event is the big idea in this exercise that focuses on the Boston Massacre. Class groups examine photos of four depictions of the massacre, an English and an American...
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Yankee Doodle: How Has It Changed over Time?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Grab your feathers and your hat! And perhaps some macaroni! It's time to investigate the evolution of "Yankee Doodle Dandy." Groups do a close reading of sheet music covers, lyrics, and even YouTube videos to see how this political song...
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The Grapes of Wrath: Culture and History

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Bette Davis, Clark Gable, Judy Garland. Jack Benny, The Lone Ranger, Edward R. Murrow. Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman. The second lesson in a unit devoted to The Grapes of Wrath establishes for readers the cultural and...
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The “Supreme” in Supreme Court

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Does a public school have the right to restrict what t-shirts students wear? Discover what happened when this question was brought to the Supreme Court, and review other major cases in United States history involving judicial review....
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Interpreting the Constitution: What Does That Mean?

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Here is a fantastic lesson on the Supreme Court's role as interpreters of the Constitution. Class members review past cases involving the Eighth and Fifth Amendment and evaluate as a group whether they would consider those situations as...
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Taxation

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
A paycheck stub can offer loads of information on the taxes American citizens pay. This resource not only includes analysis of a stub as an activity, but also provides a wealth of informative reading material on such topics as the...
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The Great Gatsby: Figurative Language

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
"In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars." The figurative language found in the first four chapters of The Great Gatsby comes under scrutiny in an activity that...
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The Great Gatsby: Narrative and Point of View

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Thanks to Nick Carraway, readers of The Great Gatsby are simultaneously "within and without. . . enchanted and repelled" by his first person narration of the events in F. Scott Fitzgerald's story of the American Dream/Nightmare. After...
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Assessment and Discussion

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
"Without concerned citizen action to uphold them (human rights) close to home; we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world. . ." Eleanor Roosevelt's comment is used to set the stage for the conclusion of a five-lesson unit...
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Our Responsibilities

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The fourth in a five-lesson unit examining human rights and personal responsibility asks class groups to investigate a current rights issue, and using the provided graphic organizer, summarize the issue, consider which rights are being...