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Learn about This Week in History

June is a historically memorable month. This week, we’re highlighting history resources related to these events, including the June 13, 1966 case of Miranda v. Arizona, which upheld the importance of the Fifth Amendment and created Miranda Rights

Grades 8-12

United States Courts Educational Resources

Click the Educational Activities or Supreme Court Landmarks sections to see lessons and resources about constitutional amendments and the U.S. Court of Appeals, including a downloadable activity package for educators.

Grades 6-12

Interactive Constitution

Discover more about the U.S. Constitution (and Fifth Amendment) through perspectives from constitutional experts about how the Constitution's history has implications for today. Select an article or an amendment to discover more information.

Grades 5-10

Argument Wars

Investigate several landmark cases (including Miranda v. Arizona) in this interactive where students play a lawyer who represents one side of the case. Using supporting documents, students must choose the best argument for the side they are representing.

Flag Day & The Magna Carta

Flag Day is celebrated on June 14th, while the signing of the Magna Carta is celebrated on June 15th. Learn more about both of these events in the resources shared in this section. 

Grades 1-12

Flag Day Resources

Read and discover all kinds of ideas for classroom activities related to Flag Day, including quizzes, puzzles, a flag timeline, and many other bits of information. There are also additional areas related to the national anthem and Betsy Ross.

Grades K-12

National Museum of American History - Interactive Flag

Interact with the Star-Spangled Banner by clicking on hot spots. Try a game called “Collect the Stars,” where you collect 14 stars by answering quiz questions. Sing your own version of the national anthem and contribute your own photos to the flag mosaic.

Grades 8-12

Magna Carta 800th Anniversary

Although this site is from the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, the information remains relevant and useful for students learning about this time in history. There is also an interactive map that places events in geographic contexts.

Grades 5-12

Centuries of Citizenship: A Constitutional Timeline

This historical timeline explains the key events of the U.S. Constitution from the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215 through more recent history. Students can explore primary documents and read pertinent stories from the New York Times.

Juneteenth - Freedom Day

Juneteenth is observed on June 19th. This day marks the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas and the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate states in 1865.

Grades 8-12

Civil Rights Timeline

Find an interactive timeline that includes primary source news articles and photographs with explanations about the events related to American civil rights, from the ratification of the Bill of Rights in 1791 through Alexander v. Holmes in 1969.

Grades 9-12

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

This informative site explores the life and works of Harriet Beecher Stowe, whose political and literary influences spurred the abolitionist movement and contributed to the outbreak of the Civil War.

Grades 4-12

National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection Stories

These stunning short stories look at museum staff members’ personal feelings about and interpretations of objects that they’ve cataloged and focuses on items from historical events and famous people, such as Carlotta Walls and Carl Lewis.

This Week at TeachersFirst

Join us this Thursday for our bimonthly Twitter chat. Our summer sessions of OK2Ask virtual workshops are now open for registration. We are also sharing a related blog post and we kindly ask for your input on our weekly poll. 

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Thursday, 6/17, 8 PM ET

Twitter Chat: Strategies for Tough Topics in the Classroom

During this chat, participants will share strategies for creating a safe and supportive classroom space for discussing difficult issues and share tech tools to facilitate discussions. Come and tweet with us using the hashtags #OK2Ask and #TeachersFirst.

Explore critical-thinking approaches, such as the ability to identify and question assumptions »

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OK2Ask Virtual Workshops

Our summer season of OK2Ask virtual workshops will begin in July, and registration is now open! Register now to learn about 3 cool tools for formative assessment, comics in the classroom, effective feedback for student growth, and many other topics.

Join us for a summer of learning »

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Juneteenth Day

Infusing Technology Blog

Teaching about Juneteenth makes it relevant to students who might not otherwise ever learn about it. Acknowledging and teaching American history, even the hard parts, is a powerful tool in our classrooms. This blog post includes many ideas to try.

Find lessons, web resources, and activities »

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Weekly Poll

This week our poll asks "Which of the following historical events do you feel you need to learn more about?" Share your reply and view the responses of other educators once you click to submit.

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