US History and Government Examination: January 2011

The presidencies of John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan were defined by the Cold War. Using primary source documents and scaffolded analysis questions, pupils explore the effect the Cold War had on these presidencies. A second essay prompt asks learners to consider the role of the Supreme Court on the expansion and limitations of civil rights. Additional items include multiple choice questions, some of which include primary sources, maps, or other data.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Create a class-wide debate using the documents and prompt on the Cold War 
  • Ask class members to consider the essay prompt on the Supreme Court jigsaw style, having small groups research each case and its impact on various groups
Classroom Considerations
  • Resource is one of the US History and Government exams for the New York State Regents from 2001
  • Resource allows for authentic test practice
  • Items are easy to adapt to a variety of instructional plans
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