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National Constitution Center Lesson Plans

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The teacher section of this site offers a collection of topical lesson plans and discussion themes on current events issues with constitutional implications. Topics include Internet...more
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The teacher section of this site offers a collection of topical lesson plans and discussion themes on current events issues with constitutional implications. Topics include Internet speech, the Electoral College, and school vouchers. Each presentation presents pro-con arguments along with the relevant constitutional issues.

tag(s): constitution (89)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities hosted on this site! Within the classroom resources page are plenty of online games and quizzes that can be used to help students review. Post the site on your class wiki or webpage to allow students to review it both in and out of the classroom!

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Constitutional Rights Foundation Lesson Plans

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This is a collection of lesson plans and discussion suggestions for topics ranging from impeachment to school violence. Each presents linkages to underlying constitutional issues and...more
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This is a collection of lesson plans and discussion suggestions for topics ranging from impeachment to school violence. Each presents linkages to underlying constitutional issues and principles.

tag(s): constitution (89)

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The lessons could be used for in-class discussion or as the basis for a written project.

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An Analysis of Jim Crow Laws and their Effects on Race Relations - Yale University

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Through language arts activities and discussion, young students learn about Jim Crow laws and the devastating impact of discrimination on society and individuals. ...more
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Through language arts activities and discussion, young students learn about Jim Crow laws and the devastating impact of discrimination on society and individuals.

tag(s): africa (163), african american (106), civil rights (121), segregation (16)

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Take advantage of these free lesson plans and classroom activities hosted by Yale. Though the site is a little "vanilla" there is a lot of good content and lesson plan ideas. Keep in mind that some of the content may be over some students heads, so make sure to alter it to your specific classroom as need be.

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Watergate and the Constitution - National Archives

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The Congressional investigations of the Watergate affair and Richard Nixon's subsequent resignation tested the Constitutional relationships among all three branches of the federal government....more
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The Congressional investigations of the Watergate affair and Richard Nixon's subsequent resignation tested the Constitutional relationships among all three branches of the federal government. This lesson from the Library of Congress asks students to explore this relationship and explain how and why the system worked effectively.

tag(s): constitution (89), water (132)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities during a unit or lesson on Watergate. US history and government teachers will appreciate this one - just be sure to save this one as a favorite on your classroom computer to allow for easy retrieval later on!

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What do YOU see?

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Students learn to analyze photographs for key information in the course of this unit. From selected Civil War photographs, students must answer questions about what they see, and come...more
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Students learn to analyze photographs for key information in the course of this unit. From selected Civil War photographs, students must answer questions about what they see, and come up with some of their own. More detailed captions are then provided, and students are expected to re-evaluate their original conclusions. Once they have learned to analyze the given pictures, they must find their own, draw conclusions, and present their findings to the class. After studying the pictures and captions in this manner, students will recognize links between the Civil War and American industrialization.

tag(s): civil war (140), primary sources (91)

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Take advantage of this free lesson plan about pictures and interpreting history. This activity could be done on the interactive whiteboard or projector as a class, but could also work having students separated into cooperative learning groups.

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You Be The Historian - Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History.

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Play the role of a historian using objects to figure out what life was like in another time. Look at historic objects from New Castle, Delaware and think about how ...more
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Play the role of a historian using objects to figure out what life was like in another time. Look at historic objects from New Castle, Delaware and think about how objects from today might be viewed by future historians looking back at our times. The 'what about you?' sections of the activity encourage you to think about the study of history at a personal level. What can future historians learn about your school, your class, etc. What evidence are you leaving behind? This site provides questions to think about, especially if you are interested in careers that use History.

tag(s): careers (147), local history (15), museums (44)

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You Be the Historian can be an excellent springboard for class discussion about primary and secondary sources and the historical process. The activity can also be used as an introduction (or supplemental material) when studying life in the late 1700s. Special Features include a teacher's guide to using this web site in the classroom on or offline.

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Perceptions: Asian Americans - Ask Asia

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Separate fact from opinion in this lesson from Ask Aisa on the truths about Asian Americans. ...more
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Separate fact from opinion in this lesson from Ask Aisa on the truths about Asian Americans.

tag(s): asia (74), chinese (49), japan (59), japanese (45)

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Use this article as a means to teach about stereotypes, and what kind of negative impacts they can have. Introduce the article on the interactive whiteboard, leading into a class discussion based on student responses to the article. Because there is a lot of text, it might proceed quicker if you pick out a few choice highlights of the article rather than showing the whole text.

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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 (74), cultures (111)

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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 (14), supreme court (24)

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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.

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Illinois

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Pennsylvania

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Learning About Immigration Through Oral History

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Designed as a year-long project, this unit can be adapted for a short-term lesson. The goal is to give students a realistic experience of oral history and its place in ...more
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Designed as a year-long project, this unit can be adapted for a short-term lesson. The goal is to give students a realistic experience of oral history and its place in our history, focusing on American immigrants. Students will use visual and information literacy exercises to gain an understanding of how to identify and interpret primary historical sources. There are a total of six activities; each one can serve as a "stand-alone" unit. The activities cover topics such as "Oral history methodology" and "Making meaning out of an archive," and students get to work alone and in groups.

tag(s): immigrants (22), immigration (61), migration (58)

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The library of Congress has put together an excellent lesson plan that simultaneously addresses the standards teachers need to focus on and one of the most important elements of history - oral evidence. Take advantage of this free lesson plan.

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Ohio

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Alaska - Alaska.gov

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Find basic facts about the state of Alaska. Especially helpful is the information included here, about the state's history, tourism,...more
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Find basic facts about the state of Alaska. Especially helpful is the information included here, about the state's history, tourism, parks, arts & culture, and much more.

tag(s): alaska (23), states (161)

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Share this site with students researching information for state reports. Rather than having students create traditional reports, replace these by making them online! Use PicLits, reviewed here. Take student learning a step further by modifing and having students use a tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here. This site allows students to create audio recordings AND choose a location on a map (Alabama) where the report takes place. Explore the site with students when learning about different states, ask students to tell what they know then compare to information provided on the site.

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North Dakota - North Dakota.gov

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Find basic facts about the state of North Dakota. Especially helpful is the information included here,...more
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Find basic facts about the state of North Dakota. Especially helpful is the information included here, about the state's symbols. Be sure to explore the menu list at the bottom of the home page which includes information about the state's tourism, parks, arts & culture, and much more.

tag(s): states (161)

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Share this site with students researching information for state reports. Rather than having students create traditional reports, replace these by making them online! Use PicLits, reviewed here. Take student learning a step further by modifing and having students use a tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here. This site allows students to create audio recordings AND choose a location on a map (Alabama) where the report takes place. Explore the site with students when learning about different states, ask students to tell what they know then compare to information provided on the site.

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Kentucky - Kentucky.gov

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Find basic facts about the state of Kentucky. Especially helpful is the information included here, about the state's symbols. Be...more
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Find basic facts about the state of Kentucky. Especially helpful is the information included here, about the state's symbols. Be sure to explore the state Tourism tab on the to menu which includes information about the state's parks, nature preserves, and rich history.

tag(s): states (161)

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Share this site with students researching information for state reports. Rather than having students create traditional reports, replace these by making them online! Use PicLits, reviewed here. Take student learning a step further by modifing and having students use a tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here. This site allows students to create audio recordings AND choose a location on a map (Alabama) where the report takes place. Explore the site with students when learning about different states, ask students to tell what they know then compare to information provided on the site.

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State of Alabama - Alabama.gov

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Find basic facts about the state of Alabama. Especially helpful is the information included about the state's weather including water and parks. Be sure to explore the state library...more
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Find basic facts about the state of Alabama. Especially helpful is the information included about the state's weather including water and parks. Be sure to explore the state library link which includes in-depth information about the state's rich history beginning with the early Polynesian explorers up to present day statehood.

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Share this site with students researching information for state reports. Rather than having students create traditional reports, replace these by making them online! Use PicLits, reviewed here. Take student learning a step further by modifing and having students use a tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here. This site allows students to create audio recordings AND choose a location on a map (Alabama) where the report takes place. Explore the site with students when learning about different states, ask students to tell what they know then compare to information provided on the site.

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State and Local Governments

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This 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...more
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This 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 (161)

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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 modify learing and show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online infographic to share using Visme, reviewed here.

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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 (161)

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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 modify learing and show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online infographic to share using Visme, reviewed here.

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