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Have you just finished teaching chapters 1-5 of your social studies book and are ready to test your class? If so, you are in luck! Here is a well-organized cumulative review that covers multiple topics, main ideas, and vocabulary related to the age of exploration, American colonization, The Revolutionary War, and the forming of the US government.
To gain an appreciation for the difficulty the framers of the Constitution faced when crafting this historic document, class members are asked to predict five words that would occur frequently in the Constitution of the United States. Working as pairs, groups of four, then groups of eight, teams develop such a list. The whole class then discusses the process they went through and the difficulty they had reaching consensus. Next, the focus turns to a word-processed document of the Constitution, and using the replace tool, learners record their findings on a spreadsheet and create a double bar graph to compare their predictions with the actual results. Additional activities for studying the strengths and weaknesses of a constitutional government, as well as assessment options for each activity, are included in the packet.
Students examine political theories. In this government lesson, students read and analyze the Polish Constitution, the French Constitution, and the U.S. Constitution. Students also read and analyze other government documents so that they are able to write comparison papers.
One of the many appeals of this resource lies in its diverse application. Appropriate for US history, English, or art classes, scholars will appreciate the exploration of the civil rights movement through art, music, and film. They'll discuss and analyze the revolutionary art of Black Panther artist Emory Douglas. They'll consider both the social context of the time and the Panthers' mission as they view Douglas's work. They then analyze the lyrics to the James Brown song, "Say it Loud: I'm Black and I'm Proud." A wonderful way to bring social injustice and social revolution to the table. The resource includes discussion questions, but does not provide any assessment or rubric.
The Massacre of Tlatelolco is the focus of a discussion-based lesson. Civil-minded learners consider the nature of student movements that have ended in violence based on over-reaction and government oppression. They discuss the social consequences of the massacre and the more current protests.
Students identify the functions of money. After reading a story set in the Revolutionary War, they describe what the money of the time period looked like and how it was used. Using the internet, they compare Continental Congress money with a Spanish half dollar. They write a paragraph citing which money they would like to have if they were living in Valley Forge in 1778.
Starting with a quote by Charles Dickens from A Tale of Two Cities, the slides featured in this presentation go into thorough detail about the French Revolution. It includes portraits of key historical figures, maps, and demographic details about pre-revolutionary France. Images of revolutionary figures are also displayed.
Seventh graders study Lorenzo de Zavala's role in the Texas Revolution as politician and statesman. They determine his contributions to the establishment of a government as Texas fought for its independence. While completing research, they access technology based primary source documents and images.
1848 was a hot year for Europe, which endured political tumult and upheaval after years of tension buildup. This presentation details the circumstances surrounding revolutions in France, Austria-Hungary, Romania, Italy, Prussia, and Germany. The final slides detail the aftermath that led directly into the events of the upcoming 20th century.
Primary historical sources can be a challenge for some readers, so these seven guided-reading questions will be very useful to US History or Government classes studying The Articles of Confederation. Each question has multiple parts and demands critical thinking. Working individually, the handout could take at least a couple of hours. To manage it in one or two class periods, consider dividing the class into groups and divvying the questions between groups.