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Lesson Plans

Bonus Veterans

Analyze primary sources to learn about the Bonus Army and to consider the question, How does informing ourselves about the past guide us in the future? Access lesson

Why We Can’t . . .

Investigate how a powerful slogan was used by civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. and consider how it might be applicable to a contemporary issue. Access lesson

Snap a Photo: Agent of Change

Consider point of view or purpose while exploring Lewis Hine’s photographs that exposed child working conditions and advocated for child labor laws to protect children. Access lesson

Congress and Child Labor

Explore why Congress decided long ago that it was important to pass labor laws to protect children by investigating a series of historical photographs of children working in fish factories. Access lesson

Capture the Flag

By investigating primary sources displaying the American flag, explore the various ways people use the flag to show characteristics such as pride, loyalty, and unity for the nation. Access lesson

Civil Rights and Civic Action

Analyze both historical and contemporary examples of youth civic action, identify current challenges, and develop a civic service plan to address a cause.

Gun Violence and Next-Generation Coalitions

By looking through the lens of Columbine, consider ways to address school safety and empower citizens through coalition building.

Kids, Collaboration, and Coalitions

Explore coalition-building accomplishments of young people to recognize that any individual, regardless of age, race, status, or gender, has the potential to affect change through collaboration.

Speaking Out: Four Freedoms Then and Now

Analyze FDR’s “Four Freedoms” speech to develop understandings of freedoms Americans should keep front of mind today.

Securing Our Freedoms Beyond the Bill of Rights

Compare and contrast Norman Rockwell’s “Four Freedoms” posters with rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, then consider additional freedoms or rights that should be secured.