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On This Day: FDR Lays Cornerstone of First Presidential Library

For Students 7th - Higher Ed Standards
Franklin D. Roosevelt is best known for his role in the Great Depression and World War II. However, he also was one of the first politicians to think about how future generations would remember the history of his time. Using video clips...
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On This Day: Statue of Liberty

For Students 7th - Higher Ed Standards
The Statue of Liberty has been a symbol of freedom since the people of France gifted it to the US. Today, as immigration debates grip the nation, learners consider the iconic image. Using a vintage newsreel about the statue, a scholar's...
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What is Due Process Anyway?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the term due process and its historical origins. They compare and constrast the requirements of due process in the United States Constitution and the Indiana Constitution. They also discuss the difference between...
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The Changing Meaning of "Due Process"

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine the United States Constitution and how the application for due process differs in two amendments. They research the changing definition of the term since the Civil War. They use the internet to research press coverage of...
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History and Memory Worksheet

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
What is the difference between what we remember of the past and how that is eventually interpreted as history? After reading a quote that posits an answer to this question, learners complete a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting the...
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Courts in the Classroom: Ritter v Stanton

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students read the case briefs of Ritter v Stanton. They simulate the trial with classmates taking various parts such as appellant, appellee, bailiff, and justices. After conducting a mock argument, they write their own opinion for the case.
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How Long is Too Long?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers examine the legal term statute of limitations and how it varies based on the type of criminal or civil activity under discussion. They discern the applicable statute of limitations given an hypothetical or actual situation...
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Oral Arguments Online

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students conduct a mock oral argument based on the briefs provided and further research as assigned by the instructor. They write an opinion for the case outlining why one legal argument prevailed over the other based on their own...
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Ancestors in the Americas: Lesson One

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students are introduced to the characteristics of documentaries and making films. Individually, they write their own proposal for an idea of a documentary making sure to identify the point of view of which it is going to be filmed. ...
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Moby-Dick

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners take on the persona of a sailor or a captain of a whaling vessel in New England in the 1800s and write five journal entries as that person.  In this Moby Dick instructional activity, students research the whaling industry in...
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Thinking Critically About Race in Oregon's History

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Young scholars explore the representation of minorities in textbooks.  In this US history lesson, students research the portrayal of minorities in various texts from the past.  Young scholars discuss the availability (or lack thereof) of...

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