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The War of 1812: America’s First Declared War
7th - 12th CCSS: Designed
Free Trade and Sailor's Rights! Pupils dive into America's first declared war, the War of 1812. They analyze the presidencies of Jefferson and Madison through diary entries and historical reasoning. To conclude the lesson, they use their...
Middle School Mock Trial Competition
8th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Objection! Scholars participate in a mock trial to gain an understanding the ins and outs of court procedures. Using the Jessie Jones v. Palm City court case, they role play each specific part of the trial, learning how courts operate...
News Literacy Model Curriculum in Social Studies
6th - 12th CCSS: Designed
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Scholars investigate news literacy in the twenty-first century. They use technology, legal decisions, writings, and digital privacy to analyze the topic. Using what they learned, a group assignment looks...
Debate and Reasoning as Academics
7th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
This is a fantastic collection for developing logical debate skills in a secondary classroom. Each resource identifies a controversial topic and outlines differing perspectives, legal and etymological history, and focuses on academic language. Choose one for the whole class, and then split into small groups or partners and assign one to each!