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Asian Customs & Values and Their Preservation Within Communities - Ask Asia

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Understand a culture within the U.S. and the ways in which it maintains its identity. ...more
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Understand a culture within the U.S. and the ways in which it maintains its identity.

tag(s): asia (73), cultures (105)

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Use this article as a way to both teach the content as well as a way to teach students about important writing skills such as summarization, questioning, and identification of perspective, point of view, the works! Have students read the article in cooperative learning groups to help your struggling readers. Groups can dissect and re-summarize the articles, preceding a class discussion on their findings and the content of the article.

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FDR and the Supreme Court - National Archives

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Franklin Roosevelt's plan to pack the Supreme Court was a landmark test of the Constitution's separation of powers. This lesson plan from the Library of Congress explores the implications...more
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Franklin Roosevelt's plan to pack the Supreme Court was a landmark test of the Constitution's separation of powers. This lesson plan from the Library of Congress explores the implications of Roosevelt's plan and asks students to argue both sides of the question.

tag(s): roosevelt (16), supreme court (22)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plan and classroom activities hosted on this website! US history and government teachers will appreciate this one - just make sure to save it as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on.

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Wisconsin

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The state's home page. ...more
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The state's home page.

tag(s): states (163), wisconsin (3)

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Illinois

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Pennsylvania

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Ohio

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The state's home page.

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Stately Knowlege

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This site from the Internet Public Library offers quick summaries about each of the 50 states: capital, state birds, flowers, etc., population, and other information. There are also...more
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This site from the Internet Public Library offers quick summaries about each of the 50 states: capital, state birds, flowers, etc., population, and other information. There are also additional links for those who need more information.

tag(s): states (163)

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In a unit or lesson on the 50 states, incorporate some of the interesting details from this site to supplement the basic content. Some of the information could help students remember capitols or information about congressional representation. At bare minimum, this site does a great job of providing a lot of context to learning about the 50 states. Very nifty resource for civics or US history teachers.

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State and Local Governments

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Piperinfo's state government site offers a meta-index of each state's web presence. The results are generally only as good as the information offered by the states themselves, but this...more
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Piperinfo's state government site offers a meta-index of each state's web presence. The results are generally only as good as the information offered by the states themselves, but this site can save tons of time in searching the sites for the precise information you're after.

tag(s): states (163)

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State and Local Government Resources - Library of Congress

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This collection from the Library of Congress includes links to state-specific govenment and legal information from a variety of official and independent sources. There are collections...more
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This collection from the Library of Congress includes links to state-specific govenment and legal information from a variety of official and independent sources. There are collections of state statutes, web site directories, state constitutions, and much more. Very useful resource for state history assignments or any study of state-specific government.

tag(s): states (163)

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Use this site as a resource if making state profiles during an American History or Government class. Assign students different states to study, allowing them to research specific aspects about their assigned state. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here.

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Winning the Vote - Smithsonian Institution

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This site, part of the Smithsonian Institution's "Art to Zoo" series, presents an introduction to political campaigns, advertising strategies, and electioneering. The entire unit, including...more
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This site, part of the Smithsonian Institution's "Art to Zoo" series, presents an introduction to political campaigns, advertising strategies, and electioneering. The entire unit, including teacher guide, discussion questions, and lesson plans, is available as a series of downloadable Adobe Acrobat PDF files which can be printed and used at home or in the classroom.

tag(s): elections (75), politics (99)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans hosted on this site! This would be a great addition to a US government class, just make sure to save it as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on.
 This resource requires PDF reader software like Adobe Acrobat.

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Thomas Legislative Database - Library of Congress

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Maintained by the Library of Congress, Thomas contains information on the status of federal legislation, Federal Register, and daily schedules including committee meetings. Thomas is...more
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Maintained by the Library of Congress, Thomas contains information on the status of federal legislation, Federal Register, and daily schedules including committee meetings. Thomas is geared to provide current status on as much legislation as possible. Required reading for those studying American government.

tag(s): congress (33), house of representatives (9), senate (9)

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Use this site as a reference for finding information about specific legislation to supplement your unit. For example, teachers working on a unit about civil rights can find information about laws regarding equality and the progress that has been made. Likewise, this can be used during discussions on the Legislative Branch, Separation of powers, Healthcare reform, environmental policy, etc. A great resource for a US government class.

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U.S. Senate - U. S. Senate

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Use this well-organized, comprehensive resource to explore the structure, function, history, and art of the Senate. Students can connect with their state senators and learn about legislative...more
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Use this well-organized, comprehensive resource to explore the structure, function, history, and art of the Senate. Students can connect with their state senators and learn about legislative leadership; research and track bills, votes, or nominations; explore related art and exhibits; and discover books, documents, and other resources about Congress and the U.S. government. There is quite a bit to investigate on this site, and it is definitely worth a few class periods in the computer lab.

tag(s): congress (33), senate (9)

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Within the section on the Oral History Project are clips on various subjects. Most importantly for a Modern US history course is a clip on de facto segregation that could be played for students over a projector and speaker system. This would be a great supplement to a textbook, as well primary sources and oral history.

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Supreme Court Database - Cornell Univesity

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This is Cornell University's Supreme Court site, containing decisions past and current, court schedules, biographical information, and decision analyses. The information is well organzed,...more
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This is Cornell University's Supreme Court site, containing decisions past and current, court schedules, biographical information, and decision analyses. The information is well organzed, though sometimes bit dense for young users.

tag(s): supreme court (22)

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Use this site as a point of reference for finding incredibly detailed information about cases that can be used in your US government or history classroom. Cases are organized by topic, author, etc making them extremely easy to find a case that can accompany your already determined unit.

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The Supreme Court

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Though several law schools have maintained excellent Supreme Court sites for years, the Court now has its own site, containing dockets, decisions, historical information, and much more....more
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Though several law schools have maintained excellent Supreme Court sites for years, the Court now has its own site, containing dockets, decisions, historical information, and much more. This site is not written for students, so they may need help with some areas.

tag(s): supreme court (22)

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Use this site as a resource to find recent court cases that have come before the Supreme court as well as a means to search for opinions, writings, biographies, etc. US government teachers will be able to use this site during a unit or lesson on the judicial branch, or during a class debate about a specific piece of legislation.

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Oyez, Oyez - Northwestern University

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A multimedia Supreme Court database developed at Northwestern University with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Includes case summaries indexed by name, date and...more
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A multimedia Supreme Court database developed at Northwestern University with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Includes case summaries indexed by name, date and subject, audio files of oral arguments, and biographies of Supreme Court justices. Audio files require RealAudio player.

tag(s): supreme court (22)

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Use this site as a point of reference for finding information on significant cases, justices, and the processes that go into a Supreme Court case. US government teachers can use this site in their classroom during a unit/lesson on the judicial branch or during a classroom debate of specific legislation.

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The Republican National Committee

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It's the Republicans on-line. Scroll to the bottom section to view a menu that contains links to party history, platform, issues, and more . ...more
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It's the Republicans on-line. Scroll to the bottom section to view a menu that contains links to party history, platform, issues, and more .

tag(s): elections (75), politics (99)

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Use this site to help students understand one aspect of our two-party system. Compare the platform findings on this site to that of the Democratic party in order to help students understand the similarities and differences. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here.

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The Democratic Party On-Line

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This is the Democrats' home page, with links to party positions and issues. ...more
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This is the Democrats' home page, with links to party positions and issues.

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The House of Representatives

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The House home page contains links to member pages and biographies, committee links, House history, and procedural information. ...more
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The House home page contains links to member pages and biographies, committee links, House history, and procedural information.

tag(s): congress (33), house of representatives (9)

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Use this site as a resource for class discussion and debates about current issues on the House Floor. This would be a useful resource for a US government class.

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USAGov - US Government

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This Websiteis a federal government portal with a plus. In addition to offering links into most of the nooks and crannies of the federal government, USAgov also links to relevant ...more
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This Websiteis a federal government portal with a plus. In addition to offering links into most of the nooks and crannies of the federal government, USAgov also links to relevant resources from the rest of the world. If you're looking for statistics, information, regulations, or related information - federal, state, or local - this is a great starting point.

tag(s): branches of government (48)

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Use the free lesson plan about voting in the "elections" section of the website. In that same area is a link entitled "Kid's Guide to the election process," that would make an excellent learning center or station. The digital tour explains government and the process of elections that makes it easier to understand for elementary students. That particular section could be used for students as young as 2nd grade, so pass it on to fellow teachers in the younger grades if they are working on a unit about voting!

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Famous Trials of the Twentieth Century

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This collection was developed at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. While intended for college students, it presents a wealth of information on more than a dozen different high-profile...more
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This collection was developed at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. While intended for college students, it presents a wealth of information on more than a dozen different high-profile 20th century court cases, including the Scopes trial. The site also includes references to other resources dealing with American courts in the 20th century.

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