Lesson Plans

Motor Vehicle Safety

Students 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?

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

Biggest Business in the World

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

Concerning the American Girl

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

I won’t stand for segregation

Students analyze primary sources to investigate the story of Sister Rosa, then compare how contemporary culture has characterized her and add your own lyrical tribute.

Politics: Everybody’s Doing It!

Students  explore how cartoons have been used historically to comment on politics, then try their hand at political commentary.

Election Day

Students explore, compare, and contrast historical and contemporary reflections about elections in America.

Illustrating America

Students explore the stories we tell when illustrating America through primary source analysis, reflection, and creation.

Women’s Rights: Seneca Falls & Beyond

Students investigate a key event in the history of women’s rights and the importance of commemorating the struggle for civil rights, then consider possible contributions to help ensure a future with greater equality.

Gun Violence and Next-Generation Coalitions

Students deepen understanding of civic action through a focus on the empowerment that citizens gain through building coalitions through an exploration of the accomplishments of young people to help bring about changes through civic action. Referencing Library of Congress resources and sources of the Columbine school shooting, students identify the potential of young people in…