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Students analyze period political cartoons as they study the causes of the economic downturn, Van Buren's response as president, and the reaction to his measures.
Students write an editorial piece which takes a position supporting or opposing the free trade policy during the 1790s. After identifying barriers to trade in the 1790s they analyze how their position on the free trade would fit into the philosophy of industry leaders of the day. Their editorial should focus clearly on how how the free train policy helps or hinders the development of the United States.
Students identify the differences between natural resources, human capital and equipment and how they relate to the production of a good or service. They discover the path that a piece of clothing follows and what trade policies bring it to the United States. They use maps to locate any areas they are unfamiliar with.
Students, in groups, analyze one map at a time, first the 1885 map, then the 1891 map. After they have completed the analysis sheets, they compare the two maps and answer questions imbedded in the plan.
Eleventh graders explore illegal immigration. In this Current Events lesson plan, 11th graders read an article on illegal immigration and answer questions that follow.
Each of the three activities submitted presents difficult science topics in the context of the human experience. The activities focus on real-world problems, which have science components, from the students' perspectives.
Stdents explore the operation of the commercial banking system and the mechanics of money creation through the lending process. They investigate various interest rates to develop the relationship between interest rates and risk and between between interest rates, investment, and economic growth.
Students examine the settlement and use of the Smith River area. Using the internet, they research concepts such as the "right of conquest" and "natural rights". In groups, they demonstrate how the land was transferred to the government through a simulation.
Twelfth graders examine the role of investment in an economy. They compare and contrast the different types of foreign investments. They also examine the differences between foreign direct investments and foreign portfolio investments.
Eleventh graders examine how nations around the world restrict the privacy of their citizens. In this American Government lesson, 11th graders compare the freedoms of US citizens with those of people living in other nations.
Students work in cooperative groups to choose a Native American tribe and make a historical fact book outlining Native American history. They include information on how the tribe was affected by the aggression of white settlers.
Fifth graders visit the Smithsonian website to search online for early photo archives about life in the mid-nineteenth century.
High schoolers explore relations among Taiwan, China and the United States in the 20th century.
Students research and deliver oral presentations discussing how state governors' attitudes reflect those commonly associated with their national party leadership. They synthesize their knowledge by writing essays on centrist politics.
Students discuss and analyze factors affecting U.S. foreign policy toward Liberia. They role-play various groups during 1900 who were concerned with the relationship between United States and Liberia as a "colony"
Students asses the ethical, ideological, and political advantages both domestically and internationally. They analyze if it is beneficial to have terrorists share information or not and consider what is fair or unfair punishment for them. They have to provide reasons to support their answers!
Students explore the non-partisan and disparate position the United States government and political figures are taking regarding U.S. military presence in Iraq. They analyze and summarize current accounts and coverage of the events in Iraq.
Seventh graders research the six European "postage stamp" (small) countries and research interesting facts about them. In groups, they are assigned to one of the six countries of Andorra, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, San Marino, or Vatican City. On poster board, 7th graders create a postage stamp for their country.
Students examine the roots and resolutions of past personal conflicts in Macedonia. Students develop skits that reflect some of the central themes and issues involved in the Macedonian-ethnic Albanian conflict. They perform skits for the class.
Students engage in a lesson in order to analyze the energy needs of the United States and cover the possible future needs depending on the growth of technology. They cover the alternative energy sources and make presentations of the advantages of them.