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One Today

Students analyze primary sources from presidential inaugurations of the past to deepen their understanding of presidential inaugurations, then read and listen to the inaugural poem, One Today, that Richard Blanco wrote and delivered at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration in 2013. After, students consider their  to hopes and dreams for the United States and create…

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Prospects for Peace in the Middle East

Students analyze a set of political cartoons to deepen understanding of the conflict in the Middle East during the 1950s and 1960s and efforts made towards building peace. After, students conduct research to identify a major issue that is currently affecting efforts at brokering peace in the Middle East and create their own political cartoon…

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Was Jane Addams a Wonder Woman in History?

Students analyze primary sources to investigate the life and deeds of Jane Addams, ultimately making an argument to recommend to answer this compelling question. After, students will review actions people can take to get qualified women to run for political office and then write a note to a woman they know, or their future selves,…

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Removal of the Cherokee

Students analyze primary sources to investigate the removal of the Cherokee from their lands in the state of Georgia, then participate in a mock Congressional debate on the Indian Removal Act. After, students create a product of their choice that explains, and defends the rights of a minority group whose rights are being denied in order to…

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Setting the Pace for Racial Tolerance

Students analyze an historical newspaper article to learn about a 1944 conference on building better race relationships and identify the claim that keynote speaker first lady Eleanor Roosevelt made about the need for the U.S. to set the pace for the rest of the world and provide supporting evidence for that claim. After, students consider…

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I’m More Than You See

Students learn about Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and use primary sources to cement their understanding. Then they reflect on the identities of others and how people’s basic needs affect their own stages of needs on the road to achieving their full potential. After, students will work in small groups to discuss how understanding these different…

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What Are the Props Behind Propaganda?

Students learn about the “props” or techniques political cartoonists to present a view on an issue (“propaganda”).  Next, they analyze a series of Cold War political cartoons to develop their analysis skills and to investigate issues and perspectives related to the Cold War. After, students create their own political cartoon on a contemporary issue.

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Whiskey Rebels: Champions of the Common Man or Treasonous Traitors?

Students will analyze primary sources to investigate the causes of the Whiskey Rebellion in 1791-1794 and consider if the protest actions of the rebels were protected by the 1st amendment as well as if the federal government treated the rebels justly according to the 6th and 8th amendments. Next, students will rewrite a textbook description…

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