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What We Can Learn From Oral History

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students read oral history accounts of the 1930s and 1940s from "The Greatest Generation" books. They discuss how the common good and civil society was strengthed by these men and what they did for America. They research another time...
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Thomas Jefferson

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders recall the names of the first two presidents of the United States and identify the man who became the third. They compose an epitaph for Thomas Jefferson.
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American History Overview: February

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders examine and discuss the first permanent settlement in the New World at Jamestown, Virginia. They write responses to an excerpt from George Percy's journal, and trace the Middle Passage across the Atlantic Ocean for slave...
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The White Rose

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore passive resistance.
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Divided We Fall

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students investigate the consequences of eliminating one or more of the amendments to the Bill of Rights.
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Rebellion, Resolution, Empowerment; Embracing the Challenge to Make a Difference, Past and Present

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students study the social, economic, and political environment in Canada before 1837.
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We Can Change the World!

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Students use newspapers and websites to examine human rights' abuses issues. They consider how these rights' abuses relate to citizens' rights. Following their research, they write a journal entry and discuss an action or project they...
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Lesson 1: Powerless?

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students formulate interview questions based on the information they learn from the video Power Lines. They conduct an interview with a relative, friend, or community member over 60 years old.
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US Patriot Act: Security vs. Privacy

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars use readings, worksheets and discussion to explore the ramifications of the US Patriot Act which was passed by Congress shortly after September 11th. They review Constitutional Amendments and consider how they relate to...
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I Give You My Heart

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders create hearts using stencils, pastels, construction paper, and tracing and cutting techniques in this Art instructional activity for the 2nd grade classroom. Emphasis is placed on the concept of repeating patterns. An...
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Mapping Human Rights in Our Community

For Teachers 4th - Higher Ed
Students work in groups to draw a map of their town or neighborhood. They include their homes, major public buildings and places. Students analyze their maps from a human rights perspective.
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Human Rights Around the World and at Home

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Students research a set of statements from their worksheet. They generate a list of affirmations and abuses that are specific to their own country and ocmmunity.
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Meeting in a Fishbowl: Consensus vs. Democracy

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students analyze the democratic and consensual decision-making process. They review the distinctions between decision-making and consensus and simulate a town meeting and a tribal meeting. They select an issue and research the issue from...
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Constitution Word Search Puzzle

For Teachers 4th - 8th
In this social studies activity, students find the words that are related to the concept that is the theme of the word search puzzle.
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America Influenced by the Enlightenment

For Teachers 7th - 11th
In this influence of the Enlightenment on America study guide worksheet, students read the notes provided and add notes of their own regarding the frameworks for the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution.