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Around America to Win the Vote

Pair the picture book, Around America to Win the Vote, with primary sources to practice research skills, evaluate sources, and deepen understanding of voting rights, in general, and woman suffrage, in particular.

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer

Pair the picture book, Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, with primary sources to deepen understanding of Jim Crow laws and the struggle for civil rights, in general, and voting rights, in particular.

Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down

Pair the picture book, Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down, with primary sources to practice close reading, build vocabulary, and investigate the civil rights movement in the context of the Greensboro sit-ins.

Diana’s White House Garden

Pair the picture book, Diana’s White House Garden, with primary sources to investigate the purposes of World War II victory gardens.

What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?

Pair the picture book, What Do You Do with a Voice Like That, with primary sources to investigate Representative Barbara Jordan and the role she played in a changing political landscape in the 1960s and 1970s and during the Watergate investigations of President Nixon.

Motor Vehicle Safety

Analyze safety features on a car design prior to national standards, investigate motor vehicle safety legislation over the years, then consider what safety features you would include on a modern-day motor vehicle.

The Immigrant: Acquisition or Detriment?

Investigate historical and contemporary pros and cons of immigration and reflect on your own views of the issue.

Eagle map of the United States

Analyze how the geography of the United States has changed over time and gain a deeper understanding of the meaning and purpose of symbols to represent national ideals.

Biggest Business in the World

Analyze an historical presidential campaign ad and reflect on political promises and pledges that you value.

Concerning the American Girl

Reflect on women’s rights through an examination of “ideals of womanhood” over time.

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