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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 (79)

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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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1 to 2
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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 (180), african american (113), civil rights (117), segregation (15)

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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 (79), water (130)

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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 (145), primary sources (86)

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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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4 to 8
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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 (132), local history (13), museums (49)

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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 (73), chinese (48), japan (61), japanese (42)

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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 (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.

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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 (20), immigration (58), migration (59)

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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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tag(s): states (163)

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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.
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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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