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New Review Responsibility Launcher
Here is a fun online game that will acquaint your young learners with a wide range of civic duties, such as voting, obtaining information to remain an informed citizen, jury duty, and getting an education.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 8 Views 10 Downloads CCSS: Designed
New Review The Rule of Law
What functions do laws serve in our society? Your learners will be guided through several interactive activities to address this question, and to consider the impact of rule of law in American society.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 23 Views 16 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
City Council Simulation: Dogwood City’s Proposed Curfew Ordinance
Your learners will be excited to take part in this simulation where, acting as members and stake holders at a City Council meeting, they will determine whether or not a curfew for youth ages 17 and under should be instated. They will then create a bumper sticker or poster advocating for or against the curfew ordinance based on the roles they played at the meeting.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 11 Views 6 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Public Christmas Displays and Lynch v. Donnelly
Does a Christmas display on government property violate the Constitution? Learners study the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment and learn about the landmark Supreme Court case Lynch v. Donnelly through watching a documentary and hosting a mock community meeting on the issue.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 6 Views 7 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Breaking the Muslim Monolith: Exploring Stereotypes
Bringing to light our own tendencies to stereotype is a key step toward becoming open-minded and informed members of a world community. Use this rich resource to discuss the harmful effects of stereotyping, as well as to consider the monolithic view of Muslims that exists today.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 4 Views 5 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review The Cold War
Take your instruction on the Cold War to the next level by having learners participate in a group role-playing exercise, working to convey pertinent information and illustrate the intense anxiety related to this time period in the United States.
10th - 11th Social Studies & History 4 Views 2 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Joe McCarthy and the Red Scare
In the 1950s, how did the Red Scare and the actions of Senator Joseph McCarthy affect the American people? Your young historians will analyze primary source documents on the Red Scare, participate in a "find the Communist" simulation, and role play as a special interest group that must determine whether Joseph McCarthy should be reelected to office.
11th Social Studies & History 9 Views 4 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Hate, Anti‐Semitism, & Propaganda in the Holocaust
What is a hate symbol, and what role did racism and anti-Semitism play in the Holocaust? Your young historians will answer these questions through a series of engaging and interactive activities, as well as discover how Jews were restricted from everyday activities as a result of Nazi regulations.
7th - 9th Social Studies & History 20 Views 23 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review The Rise of Totalitarianism, the Start of World War II and the US Response
How did totalitarian regimes, in places like Russia, Italy, Germany, and Japan, come to power after World War I? Your young historians will participate in a jigsaw activity and then analyze the response of the United States to the rise of these regimes by debating as either isolationists or interventionists.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 27 Views 21 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Reconstruction After the Civil War
Learners draw an interesting parallel between Reconstruction after the Civil War and a child moving out from home in this lesson plan. They discuss the effect of the war on the Southern economy and region, and then engage in a simulation as a joint committee tasked with coming up with a plan for reconstructing the southern states and bringing them back to the Union.
5th - 11th Social Studies & History 39 Views 26 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Fame, Fortune, and Philanthropy
With your middle schoolers, develop concepts such as philanthropy, civic responsibility, community service, and common good. Discuss famous philanthropists and what we can each give of our time, talent and treasure to better our communities.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 13 Views 36 Downloads
Learning About the Federal Budget: “Get a Pencil, You’re Tackling the Deficit!”
Your class members have been selected by the president to help solve the budget crisis as part of a special deficit commission. After learning about fiscal policy, economic theories, and the federal budget through a detailed PowerPoint presentation, class members will simulate a press conference in which they will recommend cutting or reducing programs and/or increasing taxes.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 34 Views 26 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Rwanda, Past and Present
Explore the deep and lasting impact of European colonialism on the African continent through the lens of the Rwandan nation. Class members will take part in an experiential activity as Hutus and Tutsis, analyzing the divisive conflict between the two groups, and then take guided notes on the history of Rwanda and the scramble for Africa.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 6 Views 4 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review America’s Indian Removal Policies: Tales and Trails of Betrayal
Examine the perspectives, cultural clashes, and historical implications of Indian removal policies in the United States during the 1930s. Your young historians will closely examine primary sources and engage in insightful discussions on such topics as Andrew Jackson's Indian Removal Act and the Trail of Tears.
8th Social Studies & History 3 Views 2 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review One Man’s Terrorist…Another Man’s Freedom Fighter
Why is there no universal definition for terrorism? What tactics and objectives do terrorist groups share? Through an engaging and collaborative activity, as well as using rich informational texts and guided notes, lead your class members through an examination of the history of terrorism, as well as an analysis of major terrorist groups that exist today.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 10 Views 11 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
"It was my view then, and still is, that you don't make war without knowing why." Remembering Vietnam is a powerful resource. The essential questions, the activities, the readings, the materials examined all seek to provide learners with the information Tim O'Brien refers to in The Things they Carried.
11th Social Studies & History 87 Views 107 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Get Involved! - Civic Participation Project
What better way to learn about the importance of civic responsibility than to actually experience it? From the opportunity to volunteer in an elected official's office and participating in a political campaign to observations of school board and city council meetings, this is a great project to incorporate into a government and/or civics course!
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 1 Download CCSS: Adaptable
Should voting in the United States be compulsory? In 2004, fewer than 60 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in the American national elections. After reviewing arguments for and against compulsory voting, your young citizens will compose letters to the editors of their local newspapers in which they discuss whether they believe voting should be compulsory.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 7 Views 5 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Factors of Production and Economic Decision-Making
Class members begin this engaging economics activity by listing all the resources used in the production of a car, and use that example to draw parallels to the four primary factors of production: capital goods, labor, natural resources, and entrepreneurship.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 69 Views 55 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable