US History and Government Examination: August 2012

Just how far can the American government go during war time? With primary source documents, learners consider the effects on restrictions of freedom of speech, the detention of American citizens of Japanese descent, and the Patriot Act to examine the issue. An additional question looks at industrialization after the Civil War. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Create a jigsaw-style activity for class members to complete the document analysis, then discuss the essay prompt
  • Use test items as exit tickets or warm-up activities 
Classroom Considerations
  • Resource is the New York state exam in American history from August 2012
  • Easy to adapt Items into a variety of instructional activities
  • Primary sources are curated and edited to be age-appropriate
  • None