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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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.
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