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The State of the Union Address

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Introduce your future voters to the annual State of the Union Address. The day after the speech airs on television, use the activity from PBS to discuss the elements of a successful speech. Not only do they get to become better-informed...
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President Obama's State of the Union Address

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Young scholars watch the State of the Union Address from last year, make a PowerPoint about their expectation for this year's Address, and then watch the current year Address and see if their expectations were met. For this State of the...
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President Obama's State of the Union Address 2011

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students pretend they are journalists and have to write 10 questions to ask the President at the State of the Union Address. In this State of the Union Address lesson plan, students then watch the Address and write letters to the President.
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The State of the Union Address

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Young scholars discuss and fill out a worksheet after viewing the State of the Union Address that the president makes every year.
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Anticipating the State of the Union 2010

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students contrast historical State of the Union Address to more contemporary ones. In this Government lesson, students compare and contrast historical Presidential speeches to the ones they hear today. Students will predict the topics...
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Press Review

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
How can word choice affect a political speech? Middle and high schoolers examine the text of the 1999 State of the Union Address, and then determine how newspaper articles and television reports describe and analyze the event. Use this...
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State of the "States"

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students consider indicators that mark a country's progress, examine how last year's State of the Union address has affected U.S. foreign policy, research issues deemed important in that speech, and create report cards assessing the...
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State of the Union

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Students analyze George Bush's State of the Union address through the reading of related articles from the New York Times and the Hartford Courant. Students look at bias (or lack there of) in the two newspaper articles, how they were...
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State of the Union Bingo

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students participate in a history game. In this State of the Union activity, students follow the provided instructions and use the provided materials to play a Bingo game based in the President's annual address to Congress.
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Placing the State of the Union in Historical Context

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students review the history of the State of the Union addresses and work in groups to analyze one particular speech as a reflection of its times. They compare modern State of the Union speeches to those given in the past.
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Facts Of The Union

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students use internet research to fact check the 2007 State of the Union Address. They identify the major topics presented during the address and research information that supports or disclaims the statements. Students draw conclusions...
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Facts of the Union

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Middle schoolers review and analyze major topics presented by President Bush during his 2007 State of the Union Address. They generate research questions surrounding the president's claims and calls to action. They then research...
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Lesson Plan: The State of the Union

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students explore the state of the union. In this U.S. government lesson, students analyze the 1998 State of the Union address and write their own reactions to the speech as they take on personas of cabinet members and political party...
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Power Poetry

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students use poetic devices to discuss political issues. In this cultural diversity lesson plan, students listen to the president's State of the Union address and write poetic pieces that express their opinions about issues the president...
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The State of Your Union

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students take the State of the Union speech and break it up into seperate sections. They create their own State of the Union speech based on their life.
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Presidential State of the Union

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students investigate Presidential States of the Union. In this presidential history instructional activity, students examine 3 styles of speeches used by presidents in their speeches.
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Anticipating the State of the Union, January 2010

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Designed to precede President Obama’s 2010 State of the Union address, the concepts and approach used here would still enrich social studies and language arts classes. It might even be fun to compare reporter Eileen Wu’s predictions with...
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George Washington

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The precedents established by the first American president, George Washington, including the State of the Union address and the formation of a cabinet of advisors, are the focus of this informational packet.
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George Washington's Foreign Policy

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students compare George Washington's foreign policy to the policies of presidents who followed him. In this primary source analysis lesson, students compare Washington's Farewell Address to the Roosevelt Corollary, the Monroe Doctrine,...
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What He Said!: Interpreting the Words of the President

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine State of the Union Addresses. In this presidential history activity, students analyze selected presidential speeches and identify the style the presidents employed in their speeches.
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Stately Statements

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners closely read President Bush's State of the Union address, then develop interviews and write articles to assess a variety of points of view about The proposals offered in the speech.
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Freedom by the Fireside: The Legacy of FDR's "Four Freedoms" Speech

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students read and analyze Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 1941 State of the Union Address. They listen to recordings of speeches by F.D.R., answer discussion questions, and participate in a debate.
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Analyzing the Inaugural Address

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Get high school historians to step outside their own shoes by responding to JFK's inaugural address from the perspective of a civil rights activist, a soviet diplomat, or a Cuban exile. After a class discussion about the address, the...
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On This Day: The Monroe Doctrine

For Students 7th - Higher Ed Standards
The Monroe Doctrine is one of the longest-lasting presidential policies, and it still impacts foreign policy today. Using three clips from historians and archivists, scholars explore the world of James Monroe and his watershed statement....
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A Word Fitly Spoken: Lincoln's Most Famous Speeches on Union

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Abraham Lincoln's words carried American democracy through one of its most tenuous and violent moments in the nation's short history. Explore an interactive timeline that places events of the 19th century in the context of Lincoln's...
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Historic Words

For Teachers 7th - 9th
In this American history worksheet, students read a passage from Article II, Section 3 of the US Constitution and complete short answer questions that help them interpret the document.
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White House Havoc

For Teachers 6th - 12th
The president of the United States must be able to keep a cool head in moments of crisis to lead his or nation out of the darkness. A history instructional activity encourages learners to study the ways various presidents have handled...
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What This Cruel War Was Over: Slavery and the Civil War

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Can't travel to Richmond for your Civil War unit? This plan creates an authentic experience, using primary sources and the essential question: Over What Was the Civil War Fought? Historians examine the Appomattox Marker, the site of Gen....
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The European Union’s Economic and Monetary Union

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What are the benefits of using the Euro, the EU's common currency? What are the challenges faced? As their examination of the European Union continues, class members investigate the impact on how the switch to the Euro impacted...
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Cesar Chavez: Address to the Common Wealth Club of California

For Students 7th - 8th Standards
The plight of farm workers, revealed in Cesar Chavez's address to the Common Wealth Club of California, provides great food for thought about social change and revolution.
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Primary Source Worksheet: George Washington, Farewell Address

For Students 8th - 11th Standards
Invite your young historians to consider how the first president of the United States envisioned the future of the new nation with this primary source analysis worksheet on George Washington's Farewell Address.
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The President's Roles and Responsibilities: Communicating with the President

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students examine the roles and responsibilities of the U.S. president and their own roles as citizens of a democracy. They explore various websites, listen to a State of the Union address, and write a letter to the President of the...
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A President's Vision: George Washington

For Teachers 5th - 11th Standards
Who knew that one poster about George Washington could have so many learning possibilities attached to it? Here you'll find an attractive learning display on the first president of the United States, as well as worksheets and...
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State's Rights and the American Civil War

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Students consider state's rights. In this American Civil War lesson, students determine whether states have the right to secede as they research and take notes on the Lincoln/Douglas debates, the Nullification crisis, the Declaration of...
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My State of the Union

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders, in groups, research states and using various print and nonprint reference materials. The groups make a presentation to inform the class about all the information from the state. This lesson plan provides imbedded support...
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Constitution Role Play

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Should slavery be legal? Who should be able to vote? Should Revolutionary War bonds be paid back? How did the writers of the US Constitution, with their conflicting interests, answer these questions? Class members engage in a role play...
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The Union In Peril: Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address

For Students 8th - 12th
In this research skills activity, students research the noted website to discover details about Lincoln's Inaugural Address and then respond to the provided analysis questions.
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Introduction to the European Union

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What is the purpose of the European Union, and what institutions and countries comprise it? Check out this resource in which class members participate in a student-led WebQuest activity designed to offer an overview of the European...
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Astronomy and the Cold War: How the United States Used the Moon to Target the Soviet Union

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Young scholars examine how astronomical observations were used to help target sites in the Soviet Union during Cold War and why such targeting was needed. Students then make predictions and observations of same astronomical events for...
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Recreating Marriage: The Same-Sex Union Debate

For Teachers 9th - 12th
A debate continues regarding same-sex marriage as a constitutional right. This lesson requires learners to define marriage then formulate an argument that reconstructs the national debate perspectives. Many standards are addressed but a...
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Civil War Trust Animated Map: Gettysburg

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The poignant words of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address echoed over the dedication of a battlefield to the fallen soldiers, who paid the ultimate price for the victory. High schoolers watch the pivotal moment in an informative and...
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Civil War Trust Animated Map: Entire Civil War

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
The four years of the Civil War resulted in 620,000 American deaths, which was 2% of the population in 1865 — the equivalent of which would be 6.5 million people in 2016. If you're interested in the Civil War and have 27 minutes to...
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Civil War Overview: Elementary Lesson Plan

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
New ReviewHow do you teach the Civil War and all its intricacies within the time limits of an average school day? Using a three-part plan, teachers easily integrate coverage of key Civil War battles into the unit. The activity includes activities...
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Lesson 2: The First Inaugural Address (1861)—Defending the American Union

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the content of Abraham Lincoln's First Inaugural Address. In this Abraham Lincoln lesson, students analyze the text of the speech to determine how Lincoln sought to preserve the Union from secession attempts.
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Cultural Identity

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How does cultural diversity impact political identity? That is the question researchers face as they continue their examination of the European Union and the programs it has developed in its attempt to achieve unity in diversity. To gain...
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The Gettysburg Address (1863): Defining the American Union

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
Students explore the Gettysburg Address. In this U. S. history lesson, students examine Abraham Lincoln's speech and it's themes of freedom, equality, and emancipation.
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The Second Inaugural Address (1865)—Restoring the American Union

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars explore the content of Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address. In this Abraham Lincoln lesson plan, students analyze the text of the speech to determine how Lincoln sought to reconstruct the country as the Civil War...
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Memorial Day--The Gettysburg Address

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students study the reasons why Memorial Day is celebrated in the United States. They examine how and why those who died for their country are honored. They memorize the Gettysburg Address and how it is used to celebrate Memorial Day.
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Refugees From Vietnam and Cambodia

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The United States may have pulled its troops from the Vietnam War in 1973, but the conflict was far from over for the citizens living in Asia at the time. An informative resource lets learners know about the wave of over 220,000...
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Fort Sumter Reading Comprehension

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
The Battle of Fort Sumter was both the first and the least deadly battle of the American Civil War, with no soldiers lost during the lengthy bombardment. Learn more about the first shots of the Civil War with a short reading passage and...
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The Single Market and Free Trade

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What are the benefits of a single EU market? Class members conclude their examination of the European Union by focusing on the single market concept designed to bring down barriers, create more jobs, and increase prosperity.
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The Changing Union

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders analyze a document and make assessment and historical prediction based on the text. In this establishment of American government lesson plan, 4th graders analyze a poem and discuss the climate of the Union in the early...
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Choices and Commitments: The Soldiers at Gettysburg

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars describe the Gettysburg Campaign and the major actions of the armies during each day of the battle. They analyze the motives, actions, and experiences of several participants in the battle and evaluate the Gettysburg Address.
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The Legacy of FDR's “Four Freedoms” Speech

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students examine Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Four Freedoms" speech. In this American history lesson, students analyze FDR's 1941 State of the Union Address in order to examine the scope and meaning of freedom.
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Abraham Lincoln on the American Union: " A Word Fitly Spoken"

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students consider Lincoln's perspective. In this presidential perspectives lesson, students explore the political thoughts of Lincoln through a series of lessons that make use of primary source analysis. They hypothesize and take a...
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Structure of Government within the EU

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The political system of the European Union is historically unique and has been constantly evolving. To better understand the structure of the EU, class members compare the EU's branches to those of the United States Federal Government.
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Lincoln’s Speeches

For Students 7th Standards
Abraham Lincoln is responsible for uniting the states during the most tumultuous periods in American history, and for his elegant oratory that kept the Union believing in its cause. Young histoians analyze various speeches by America's...
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Slavery in the Constitution

For Teachers 9th - 11th Standards
Your young historians will read excerpts from three parts of the United States Constitution—Article One, the Thirteenth Amendment, and the Fourteenth Amendment—and discuss how they each address the issue of slavery. 
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Influence of Union and Confederate Resources in 1860 on the Civil War

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders compare/contrast population, railroad mileage, manufacturing plants, and industrial workers between the Union and Confederate States in 1860; students analyze effects of the resources of the Union and Confederate Forces on...
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The European Union 2

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Learners examine the social implications of the European Union. They examine how the European Union addresses poverty and unemployment through new policies.
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Good Afternoon America: Truman’s First Public Address

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners analyze Harry Truman's first speech as president. In this Truman presidency lesson, students examine the speech delivered to the American public upon Truman's swearing in to office. Learners research the state of the country at...
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The Civil War

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Rich in text and images, a presentation about the American Civil War covers all the bases. It discusses all of the major battles, key people, policies, and even a section describing the role women and African-Americans played during the...
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Integrity and Firmness is All I Can Promise: The Washington Presidency

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars engage in a lesson which addresses George Washington's leadership as President of the United States. They review a variety of letters written by Washington online, and prepare reports for the class.
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Westward Expansion Project Choices

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
What a great list of brief research projects for reviewing the era of westward expansion in the United States! Learners are directed to choose and complete three of the projects on the given list, which includes opportunities to design...
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Life as an Enslaved People

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
As part of a study of slavery in the United States, class members analyze documents related to the sale of slaves. They consider not only the text of the bills of sale but also what the appearance of the broadsides suggest.
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Formation of Nation States

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students explore the development of the Nation-States after they broke off from the Soviet Empire.  In this Geography and World History lesson, students participate in a class discussion that is centered around teacher lecture.
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Lincoln’s Refutation of Secession By Veronica Burchard

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the impact of unilateral secession. In this American Civil War lesson, students conduct research regarding secession and Lincoln's thoughts about it. Students must analyze Lincoln's First Inaugural Address and discuss...
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In The Words of Abraham Lincoln...

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the words of Abraham Lincoln. In this Abraham Lincoln lesson plan, students analyze segments of "The Gettysburg Address," his annual address to Congress in 1862, and his letter to Mrs. Bixby. Students conduct further...
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The Inaugural Speech: Setting The Tone For The Administration Of A President

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers investigate the Inaugural Speech of the President of The United States while comparing two speeches. They conduct research to find the two speeches on the internet and look at them side by side. The lesson plan includes...
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From Sea to Shining Sea

For Teachers 5th
A solid, engaging discussion can really help students get excited about a particular topic. This teacher lead discussion get students thinking about the time it took for each of the 50 States to join the union, while considering...
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1863: Shifting Tides

For Teachers 9th - 12th
New ReviewThe victory at Gettysburg is forever immortalized in the famous speech given by Present Abraham Lincoln. Designed for secondary pupils, an interesting lesson plan explains how 1863 was a pivotal year for the Union. Academics explore the...
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The Emancipation Proclamation

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students explore the historical importance of the Emancipation Proclamation. In this United States History lesson, students use the internet to research the specific events that were centered around the Emancipation Proclamation, then...
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Iron Thunder: Literature Circle Questions

For Students 3rd - 5th
Discussion questions and a list of post-reading activities for Iron Thunder, Avi's fictionalized account of the Civil War battle in which the Monitor was sunk, are provided by this two-page packet. Also included are a listing of other...
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Elegy for Lincoln: Walt Whitman’s Poem

For Students 7th - 10th Standards
Walt Whitman's "O Captain! My Captain!" is one of the most famous and emotional tributes to Abraham Lincoln. Guide readers through the evocative elegy with a reading comprehension worksheet, complete with the poem's text and a photograph...
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Interactive Duty

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students consider the role of multimedia news features. They analyze the New York Times coverage of the president's State of the Union address.
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The Gettysburg Address

For Students 4th - 6th
For this Gettysburg Address worksheet, students read the history and speech of the Gettysburg Address and answer short answer questions about it. Students complete 8 questions.
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Lincoln Theme--Gettysburg

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explore the significance of the Gettysburg Address. In this United States history instructional activity, 5th graders listen to a Gettysburg Address recording and look at photos of the battlefield. Students discuss their...
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American Civil War History - Part 3/3

For Teachers 9th - 12th
It's April 3, 1865, and Robert E. Lee's troops are all but surrounded. After four years of fighting, Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant sit down together to discuss terms of surrender. This resource, part three of three, glances over the...
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Voluntary International Migrants and Unions

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students document information about the United Mine Workers of America and Black Lung disease through class discussion of relevant readings. They determine that part of the union movement was for basic human rights that addressed...
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Abraham Lincoln: His Life, Speeches, and Writings

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine the principles that shaped the beliefs of Abraham Lincoln and respond to a variety of essay questions. They gather information through Internet research and reading selected texts. They role-play as reporters and...
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Gettysburg: The Civil War's Costliest Battle

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students research the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg. In this Gettysburg lesson, students analyze journals and letters written by the Gettysburg soldiers. Students define Civil War soldier vocabulary words. Students compare and...
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Cold War

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Who was primarily responsible for the Cold War—the United States or the Soviet Union? Your young historians will answer a question by looking closely at Cold War documents, which are provided in this resource alongside guiding questions...
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American Equality Milestones

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Has equality always existed as an unalienable right in the United States? Use this worksheet to chronicle the history and progression of equality in major documents and speeches throughout American history. The graphic organizer asks...
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Case Study of a Campaign

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students read a case study of one campaign to discover how political campaigns addresses the needs of the voters. In groups, they answer questions related to the case and discuss how the commercials affect society as a whole. They use...
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Military Advisers in Vietnam: 1963

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How did the beginning of the Vietnam War factor into the Cold War with the Soviet Union? As part of a study of American involvement in Vietnam, class members read a letter address to President Kennedy and his response in which he...
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American Diplocmacy in World War II

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The end of World War II saw the world deeply changed over the last few years. Four thorough lessons explore post-war Europe, America, and Asia through reading assignments and discussion questions about the Grand Alliance and the signing...
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A More Perfect Union?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners read and discuss the article "Bush Insists U.S. Must Not Fail in Iraq." They work in small groups to answer three questions based on their category by searching for the answers in the article read in class.
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Lesson 16: Economic Bill of Rights

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders examine the history of the U.S. economy. In this economics lesson, 12th graders use the Bill of Rights as a model to craft their own economic Bill of Rights for the United States in the 21st century.
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Antebellum Freedom

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
From indentured servitude to involuntary race-based servitude, slavery has taken many forms in American history. Class members examine three manumission petitions that reveal how the rights of African Americans and African American...
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Norman Rockwell, Freedom of Speech: Know It When You See It

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the U.S. Constitution. In this First Amendment instructional activity, students examine Norman Rockwell's "Freedom of Speech" and analyze the five freedoms listed in the amendment.
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President Obama’s Speech on Race March 18, 2008

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers analyze the speech that Barack Obama delivered titled "A More Perfect Union". In this race relations lesson, students collaborate in heterogeneous groups to analyze the text of the Obama speech and discuss its...
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UNDERSTANDING THE PREAMBLE

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders determine which goal of the Preamble addresses a topic. They determine which Amendments of the Bill of Rights supports which of the 6 goals of the Preamble and explain the purpose and meaning of the Bill of Rights as...
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Millionaire: Civil War Edition

For Teachers 7th - 9th
The Civil War is such an exciting topic, now it can be exciting to review. Play this millionaire-style game to study or review the American Civil War. Lincolns assassination, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the battles between the...
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Learning Guide for: Glory

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Invite your class to learn about the first regular US army unit composed of black soldiers during the Civil War with the film Glory. This website reviews the historical accuracy of the movie, offers pre- and post-viewing handouts, and...
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Driver’s Licenses And Unauthorized Immigrants

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Should driver's licenses be granted to unauthorized immigrants? That is the question class members grapple with in a lesson that asks them to first read a fact sheet that details the arguments for and against licensing unauthorized...
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Fill-In - October Event in History

For Students 7th - 12th
A lot has happened in the month of October in the past 100 years or so. Kids fill in the blank for 31 events, each of which occurred on a day in October. Each event can be found in a New York Times article from the past 100+ years....
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Why Did the Triangle Fire Occur?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
An investigation of the 1911 New York City Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire leads class members to examine primary and secondary source materials related to the event and apply what they learn about the working conditions at the time to...
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Debates

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
How do the presidential debates of 2016 compare to the debates from the 1980's? What about the 1960's? Evaluate a chosen candidate or issue from the 20th and 21st centuries with a lesson plan focused on political debates. Middle and high...
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Primary Source Worksheet: Excerpt from Reagan's Speech to the National Association of Evangelicals

For Students 8th - 11th
Ronald Reagan's 1983 speech to the National Association of Evangelicals (also know as the "Evil Empire Speech") offers readers with an opportunity to practice their skills at reading informational text, specifically primary source...
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The Most Dangerous Woman in America: Mary Harris "Mother" Jones

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers discover labor issues of the 1800's.  In this Pennsylvanian history instructional activity, students research the case of Mary Harris Jones and discover her work as a labor activist.  Middle schoolers discuss the case...
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The Legacy of FDR's Four Freedoms of Speech

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers examine some of the nuances, vagaries, and ambiguities inherent in the rhetorical use of "freedom." The objective is to encourage students to glimpse the broad range of hopes and aspirations that are expressed in the call...
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The Early Tensions of the Cold War

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students uncover the roots of the Cold War. In this Cold War lesson, students research the political philosophies of the Soviet Union and the United States during the era as they define key vocabulary and discuss government systems....
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We're Off and Running

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students examine the Constitution and how it establishes order and protects the rights of citizens.  In this government lesson students study the seven articles of the Constitution.
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Presidents and the Constitution: Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students consider the impact of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation In this U.S. Constitution lesson, students read a narrative regarding the move by Lincoln to officially end slavery. Students take notes on the case and respond to...
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Jeffersonians in Office

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
If you're looking for a description of the major happenings of the presidencies of both Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, then this is the resource for you. Similar to a textbook reading, this worksheet offers a great deal of...
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The Great "What If" Question. How might American history have been different had Lincoln lived?

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders study the Presidency of Abraham Lincoln.  In this American History lesson plan, 11th graders analyze documents related to Reconstruction.  Students participate in a debate on Reconstruction.  
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Voting Rights for Alabama Women

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
What were the arguments put forth by those who opposed the 19th Amendment? For those in favor? Class members examine primary source materials that illustrate the intense debate in Alabama about women's suffrage.
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Marble Game

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Pupils determine the theoretical probability of winning a game of marbles. Individuals compare the theoretical probability to experimental probability for the same game. They continue on to compare two different probability games.
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Lincoln and Photography: A Closer Look

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Pupils compare and contrast the Lincoln portraits using a Venn diagram and included analysis tool. In this presidential photography lesson, students write a journal entry and a letter as if they were Abraham Lincoln. Lastly pupils search...
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Emancipation Proclamation

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Young scholars study the Emancipation Proclamation and analyze its meaning. In this Emancipation Proclamation lesson plan, students read the Emancipation Proclamation and supporting documents and decide if the slaves freed themselves or...
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The March on Washington and Its Impact

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars read Martin Luther King, Jr's speech that he gave in Washington. They identify the social conditions that led to the civil rights movement. They discuss the significance of the March on Washington.
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American Civil War: Conflicting Newspaper Reports

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students examine the happenings at the Battle of Antietam from all sides. In this American Civil War instructional activity, students analyze newspapers accounts from different perspectives regarding the battle and then write their own...
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Current Events Quiz #5: January 2002

For Students 11th - 12th
Quiz your class with 60 true/false questions pertaining to current events. The focus is on current (2002) events occurring in the United States. Some of the questions appear superfluous and have little educational value.
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The American Civil War: A Nation Divided (1861-1865)

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Intended for use with atlases, this presentation details the causes and effects of the Civil War. It includes historical pictures of battles and discussion points about the technology which emerged during (and for) the war. The final...
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Civil War

For Teachers 5th
What a great way to study the main battles of the Civil War! This creative and comprehensive lesson has learners review vocabulary relating to the Civil War, view a slide show, create a flow map of the major events, and create a poster...
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Explore Addition and Subtraction of Decimals

For Students 4th - 5th
Exploring problem solving involving the addition and subtraction of decimals can be done with word problems. For this worksheet on decimals, students add and subtract distances measured in miles and expressed as decimals. This worksheet...
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Propaganda - 9/11 and the War on Terrorism

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Propaganda is an important topic that most high school social studies teachers address. Here, students compare and contrast methods of public persuasion during WWII with those used in the contemporary War on Terror. Research, discussion,...
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Wild Dog Debate

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students participate in a mock conference addressing the possible extinction of African wild dogs. For this wild dogs lesson plan, students state their arguments and ask questions about the issues they have researched.
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Across Five Aprils

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders are introduced to the novel "Across Five Aprils" written by Irene Hunt. They become familiar with the people, places, and events referenced in the story and comprehend the story of the Civil War. Students are given a...
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Lesson Plan on Military Leaders in the American Civil War

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Pupils, in groups, half representing the Confederacy, half the Union, conduct research to find out about important Civil War military leaders from each side. They find the answers to a variety of questions regarding their military...
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Lesson Plan on Important Citizens in the American Civil War

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Young scholars, in groups, half representing the Confederacy, half the Union, conduct research to find out about important Civil War era citizens from each side. They explore the effect these people had on the war and what effect the...
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American Journey: The Civil War

For Teachers 8th
Utilize this worksheet package if you are looking for basic Civil War coverage. Much of the plan is disabled, however the worksheets contain 2 simple texts that pupils can read, mark, and respond to in 2 comprehension questions that...
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Abraham Lincoln's Position on the Question of Slavery and Its Extension

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students read excerpts from Abraham Lincoln's speeches and letters between 1854 and 1861 and look for information relative to Lincoln's thoughts on the legal and Constitutional aspects of slavery.
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Abraham Lincoln

For Students 5th - 7th
For this Abraham Lincoln worksheet, students use the provided hints to help unscramble 10 words or phrases about Abraham Lincoln.
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Abraham Lincoln

For Students 5th - 10th
In this Abraham Lincoln worksheet, students research the dates given to them and write what happened with Abraham Lincoln in that time. Students research 4 dates and search for 4 dates where the research is done for them.
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Fugitive Slave Act of 1850

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this slavery activity, students research the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and the use of the Underground Railroad.  Students...
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Fifth Grade Social Studies

For Students 5th
In this social studies worksheet, 5th graders answer multiple choice questions about Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, and African Americans. Students complete 4 questions.
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Johnny Tremain for the 21st Century

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders complete a unit of lessons on the American Revolution based on the novel, 'Johnny Tremain.' They define key vocabulary terms, develop a timeline, write a report on a colonial craft, make a colonial flag, and create a...
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A New Birth of Freedom: Lincoln's Presidency and the Civil War

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders research events and people from the Civil War. In this Civil War lesson, 8th graders look at Lincoln's presidency and speeches. Students research the lives of important leaders and describe critical events in the war. 
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Nation Building

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Ninth graders examine the role of the United States in nation building.  In this World History activity, 9th graders evaluate the role of the United States in building nations in other parts of the world. 
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Campaigning Kids!

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Young scholars investigate state and national politics by holding a class election.  In this government lesson, students utilize video and still cameras to record election races within their class.  Young scholars express their wishes...
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E-TUTORING

For Teachers 12th
Students evaluate e-tutoring. They write an essay proposing what they would do if they were president and why. They address address topics such as education, medical care, and housing.
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A Press Conference With Abraham Lincoln

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders hold a press conference with Abraham Lincoln.
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The Great "What If" Question. How might American history have been different had Lincoln lived?

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students examine the impact of the assassination of President Lincoln. After researching the Republican positions on Reconstruction and analyzing documents related to the Reconstruction, students take a position and explain their...
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Civil War

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders answer and discuss questions about the Civil War and the Gettysburg address. They create a flow map showing major events of the Civil War and then choose an event to illustrate and write about using Microsoft Word.
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Working on the Slant

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
Compare and contrast a major news story from various newspapers. How does the perspective change? Are certain things included in some of the stories and left out of others? Have pupils complete a graphic organizer to compare how...
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The Civil War

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders engage in a lesson that is concerned with the Civil War and they conduct research using a variety of resources. The research is used to create the context for class discussion and a possible project as an extension to the...
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Would Increasing the Minimum Wage Reduce Poverty?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Here is a fantastic and relevant question to discuss with your class members. Using detailed reading material and a related activity, your learners will learn about labor markets, equilibrium wages, price floors, and who exactly would...
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FDR and the Lend-Lease Act

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars analyze primary source documents and photographs to analyze the implications of the Lend-Lease Program. In this research lesson plan, students read and discuss letters and speeches related to the Lend-Lease Act, evaluate...
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Common Core Reading Standards: Understanding Argument

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
What does your class know about logical fallacies? They can find out quite a bit and practice identifying logical fallacies if you follow the steps and use the resources provided here! After reviewing ethos, pathos, and logos, ask small...
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Abraham Lincoln

For Students 4th
For this Abraham Lincoln worksheet, 4th graders read a time line of events in Lincoln's life and fill in 16 blanks based on the time line. The blanks are in the context of a paragraph with sentence clues.
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What's Civil About War?

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students study about the Civil War through primary sources used in the PBS production of "Freedom: A History of US" based on Joy Hakim's books, "A History of US", and the companion PBS Web site.
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The Civil War—Why Hoosier Soldiers Fought

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders determine why Hoosier soldiers were willing to fight in the American Civil War. In this Civil War lesson, 8th graders listen to a lecture about the involvement of Indiana soldiers in the war and then conduct research about...
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Space Race between the USA and the USSR

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders research and write a report on the space race. In this space race lesson, 6th graders view video and participate in WebQuests to examine the race to space by the USA and USSR.  Students discuss technology and how the race...
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Civil War: A Terrible Swift Sword

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students explore the Civil War. In this American History instructional activity, students use guiding questions and primary resources to better comprehend the events of the Civil War. This instructional activity actually includes 3...
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Atlanta and Sherman's March to the Sea

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers explore the impact of William Tecumseh Sherman's actions during the Civil War.
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ELA.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.10

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Make sure that your pupils have mastered complex literary nonfiction by the end of the year and use this resource to help get them to that point. After a brief description of the Common Core standard, a list of age-appropriate...
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Letter From the Past

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students read a letter written by a soldier during the Civil War. They write an appropriate reply to the letter.
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Hoosier Soldiers and the Emancipation Proclamation

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders examine the impact of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation through the eyes of Indiana soldiers. In this American Civil War lesson, 8th graders read the proclamation and then students write essays that included letters...
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Death or Liberty

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What would you do to protect your own freedom? How far would you go to protest injustice? Class members are asked to consider these questions as they read primary source documents that detail events in the lives of Gabriel, Nat Turner,...
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Exploring Alternative Energies

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers research various forms of alternative energy sources and examine the pros and cons of each type. They discuss American oil dependence and the Bush administration's policies regarding this issue.
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We Are Off and Running

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders receive a copy of the U.S. constitution and a copy of the attached worksheet "Constitution Article Search." They work in groups to read the constitution and mark words or phrases they do not understand. Marked areas are...
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From Sea to Shining Sea

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders work in groups to complete an "Anticipation/Reaction Guide" with questions relating to statehood order by deciding if they agree or disagree with the statements based on their prior knowledge of the United States. They...
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Volunteering For Others

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars research the kind of volunteer options for teens in their area. They estimate the number of teens who do volunteer by conducting a simple survey. Students display findings in a paper and in charts.
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Personal Welfare and Liberty

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students explore the juxtaposition of personal welfare and liberty. In this Progressivism lesson plan, students collaborate to analyze a case study that requires them to act as lobbyists for Theodore Roosevelt and present him with ideas...
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Houses or Walaloos

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Investigate the legal history and application of the Fifth Amendment. Write an essay in favor of a person keeping land that has been in his/her family for decades.
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Brother Against Brother

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders read Across Five Aprils and correlate it to a unit on the Civil War. They culminate the unit by writing a a piece of historical fiction in the first person entitled "Brother Against Brother."
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Inter / Intra Personal Lesson Plan

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students identify the causes of the American Civil War. Using the internet and print sources, they read about the causes and personal backgrounds of those who participated in the war. They choose a character from the time period that...
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The Civil War Homefront

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students examine the human cost of war on both sides of the Civil War. Using the internet, they research the role of women on the homefront and the impact the war had on families. They also read the novel "Across Five Aprils" and discuss...
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Women’s Rights in Iraq

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Through guided discussions and collaborative activities, your class members will not only have the opportunity to learn more about the rights of women in Iraq, but they will also consider common misconceptions of Islam and examine the...
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The House Un-American Activities Committee

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Was the House Un-American Activities Committee justified in investigating subversive influences in the entertainment industry? Part two of the three-part series of lessons that examine the anti-communism movement after World War II,...
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“You Better Check Yourself!”: Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances in the US Government

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Through role playing as one of the three branches of government regarding a congressional decision made in 2000, learners explore the concept of separation of powers and checks and balances.
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ANTICIPATORY SET

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students are be able to analyze primary sources (photographs and speeches) and write a definition of American Democracy. They are shown a photograph of Martin Luther King Jr. by Ben Fernandez, students are asked what is happening in the...
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China's Rising Labor Movement

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Young historians will explore the complex causes and effects of industrialization in China by perusing the numerous articles included in this webpage. Throughout the resource, there are many writing and discussion prompts to help direct...
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Victory and the New Order in Europe

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
A New Order in Europe calls for a new lesson plan! This third plan in a series of four sequential lessons encourages high schoolers to read primary sources about the development of the New Order and follow up their knowledge with a...
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Abraham Lincoln

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
Honor Abe Lincoln with a set of activity-based worksheets that can be used independently and in collaborative groups. Young historians participate in a listening activity where they fill in the missing blanks in a passage while being...
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The Invasion of Iraq

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers explore the war in Iraq. They use videos, newspapers, and other media to examine the circumstances leading up to the invasion, the war's major battles, and the post-war situation on the ground. Students read letters from...
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The Supreme Court and the Fourteenth Amendment

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners examine the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment. In this Reconstruction Era instructional activity, students read and analyze 4 Supreme Court decisions regarding the Fourteenth Amendment and determine how the decisions...
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Aging Well

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore the Science Museum to research the Life Cycle. They analyze how embryos and genes work and how the embryos develop. They explore the process of aging and what happens within the body.
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A Feast for the Future

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers participate in an activity that uses a simulated meal of transgenic foods in order to initiate a discussion of the controversy concerning the use of transgenic food products.
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Oil, OPEC and You

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders investigate the existence of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Research is completed, using the internet, to complete a fact finding sheet about OPEC. Classmates explore the relationship...
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New Production Method Uses Far Less Energy Than It Creates

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders explore the usage of alcohol fuel. In this Current Events activity, 12th graders research the issue of using this type of energy.  Students complete a worksheet on their research. 
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The Korean War

For Students 7th - 9th
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students read a passage about major events of the Korean War. Students then answer 7 fill in the blank and 7 true/false questions based on the reading.
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The Invasion of Iraq

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the events leading up to the invasion of Iraq. They define the major events and individuals involved in the conflict by completing the associated crossword puzzle.
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On the Brink of War: The Cuban Missile Crisis

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students, in groups, present a multimedia presentation on the significance of he Cuban Missile Crisis.
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Causes of the Depression

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Students investigate the causes and impact of the Great Depression. In this 20th century American history instructional activity, students view a presentation featuring images of the time period and discuss how the depression affected...
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Primary Source: Churchill Speaks to the British People

For Students 8th - 12th
In this World War II instructional activity, students read an excerpt of a speech from Winston Churchill to the British people. Students then respond to 5 short answer questions based on the speech.
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Venn Diagram and Shape Sorting Lesson Plan

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students use Venn diagrams to represent classifications of shapes and to use counting arguments to find the number of objects in a given set.
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Witch Hunt or Red Menace? Anticommunism in Postwar America, 1945-1954

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate the goals and methods of the House Un-American Activities Committee and offer an opinion regarding whether their investigation of Hollywood was justifiable.
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Borrowing from the Greek Debt

For Students 9th - 12th
Use political cartoons to help your class understand the European Debt Crisis and visual symbolism. This analysis handout includes two cartoons depicting the crisis and prompts learners to consider possible symbols and allusions to best...
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Dear Mr. President

For Teachers 5th
In this writing letters worksheet, 5th graders share their views about the nation by writing a letter. Students use the letter format and directions to help them write their letter.
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Diplomatic Duties

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders research and illustrate the diplomatic policies of American presidents, and write letters critiquing the policies of specific presidents. March 17, 2003)
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Oil, OPEC and You

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders study OPEC.  In this Economics lesson, 12th graders write an essay on OPEC using questions provided by the teacher. 
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Tooning into the Cosmos

For Students 8th - 12th
In this current events learning exercise, students analyze political cartoons that feature space science. Students respond to 3 talking point questions.
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Between the Lines, Debt Crisis

For Students 8th - 12th
For this European debt crisis worksheet, students analyze a political cartoon about Greek debt and respond to 3 talking point questions.
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Primary Source Adventures: Texas Annexation: United We Stand? Lesson Plan

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders study the national effect that the annexation of Texas had on the 1844 Presidential election using primary source documents which they access through web based sources. They examine slavery in Texas during the 1840's and...
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Ideas for Activities and Discussions About the U.S. Constitution

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Incorporating lessons about the foundation of the U.S. Constitution can invigorate the minds of students.
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Pictures of the Berlin Airlift: Primary Sources (Photos and Cartoons) to Motivate Learning

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders describe cartoons and photos from the Berlin Airlift and put them into a historical context. After a lecture/demo, each pair of students be asked to describe what they see in the photos. They then write a caption for each...
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Indian Removal

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students investigate the historical events surrounding The Trail of Tears. They write a letter that identifies the people, destination, events, and descriptions surrounding the timeframe. Students provide a written summary of the history...
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Prisoners in Another War

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students identify violations of the Geneva Convention in video clips. They discover the role of international bodies in dealing with war crimes. They read primary source documents as well.
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The Stock Market Game

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Students explore the stock market. They choose a company and research the company's financial report. Students select 4-10 stocks and become an advocate for one stock. Using spreadsheet software, students compare stocks. They analyze...
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Turmoils of The 1960's and 70's.

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers engage in the study of the social problems associated with the 1960's and 1970's. They explain how the government made attempts to solve the problem and evaluate the success. This is done through the writing of an essay...
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Locating The Cold War

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers identify major players in the Cold War and place them on a world map. They identify the two superpowers location on the map as well as their allies. Students analyze how the world divided itself.
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Rivers of Change

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders examine rivers and how they affect the people living around them. They read a chapter in their science text, take a virtual river tour online, read a background information story, and in pairs describe the changes in the...
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Peak Load Growth Along the Wasatch Front: What's Driving Electricity Demand in Utah?

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students study how electricity is used in Utah. They create an advertising plan to educate consumers about peak cycles and energy costs for the cycling service of electricity. They present their advertising plan to the class for...
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National Security

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students discuss the Rosenberg spy case during the Cold War. They research and report on a recent or current investigation into espionage by people working for the U.S. government. Students find out what they can from newspapers,...
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Venn Diagram Lesson Plan

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students use Venn diagrams in order to classify different objects and numbers. They then use "Venn Diagram Shape sorter" applets on the computer.
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"Rivers of Change"

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders research the Los Angeles River Basin and how it has changed over time.
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Dangerous for your health

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students articulate the relationship between the Shirtwaist Factory Fire and working conditions in an essay using primary sources. They are introduced to working conditions in America during the Industrial Revolution.