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James Madison: From Father of the Constitution to President

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
James Madison, fourth president of the United States serving from 1809-1817, is the focus of a four-lesson collection that provides high schoolers with the information they need to understand why Madison is considered "The Father of the...
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Identity & Community: An Introduction to 6th Grade Social Studies

For Teachers 6th Standards
Begin the school year with a collection of lessons that asks sixth-graders to consider who they are, their new role in middle school, and their role in their community. They study examples of peoples of the past dealing with issues of...
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Before and Beyond the Constitution: What Should a President Do?

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
A three-lesson unit provides middle schoolers with the founding fathers' vision of what they saw as the role of the president and the executive branch of the government. Young scholars examine the Articles of Confederation, Alexander...
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Revolution '67

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Like many US cities in the 1960s, Newark, New Jersey was the site of conflicts, protests, and civil disobedience. A two-lesson case study of events there in 1967 permits middle schoolers to gain insight into the civil rights era and the...
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The Price of Freedom: Americans at War Lessons

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
Designed for teachers, a 15-lesson collection curated by the Smithsonian, examines how wars have impacted American society. Each resource includes a lesson plan, background information, a materials list, maps, images, and worksheets. An...
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The Price of Freedom: Americans at War Printable Exhibition

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
The Price of Freedom: Americans at War is a collection of 13 resources from a printable exhibition curated by the Smithsonian Museum of American History.  Each resource begins with a summary and a table of contents. The resources...
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Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954-1985

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The four resources in this collection look at the strategy of non-violence as a response to injustice. High schoolers study the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and 70s and its leaders, investigate examples of injustice and protest...
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Equality & Human Rights Commission: Secondary Lesson Plans

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
A collection of 12 instructional activities helps young people develop the five core social and emotional learning competencies identified by CASEL. Videos, slides, activities, games, news articles, and discussions target life skills. In...
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Using Photographs to Teach Social Justice

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Social justice is the theme of a 12-lesson unit that uses photographs to focus students' attention on and expand their understanding of current social issues facing society. Class members learn how to closely examine an image, and to...
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Economic Lowdown Video Series

For Teachers 8th - Higher Ed Standards
Designed for high school and college-level classes, a collection of 12 resources covers topics in economics, banking, and monetary policy. Students investigate supply curves, the law of demand, market equilibrium, and the labor market....
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WE Are Innovators: Elementary Resources

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
A collection of five resources encourages young scientists to be innovative thinkers and design a sustainable product or service. Lessons target pollution, food waste, energy-inefficient housing, and transportation issues.    
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WE Are Innovators: High School Resources

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The five lessons in a collection from WE are Innovators encourages high schoolers to go where scientists have not gone before.  They read articles and watch videos to gather information and then use an innovative mindset and their...
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Introduction to the Convention on the Rights of the Child

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the focus of a two-lesson collection that investigates the rights the document guarantees and groups whose rights have been violated. The unit concludes with individuals selecting one...
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Introduction to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Introduce high schoolers to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with a four-lesson collection.  Class members watch videos, examine illustrations from the book We Are All Born Free, create a visual display promoting human rights,...
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Sacred Stories of Native Americans

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
A Native America in the Classroom collection provides six videos and support materials about indigenous peoples who lived throughout North, Central, and South America. Young historians are introduced to Incan and Hopi origin stories, a...
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How the Federal Courts Work

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Walk students step-by-step through the judicial process with a three-lesson collection that examines how the federal courts interpret and apply the laws of the United States. Young legal scholars examine case studies, engage in...
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Organization of the Federal Courts

For Teachers 1st - 12th Standards
A three-lesson collection explores the federal and state court systems, as well as criminal and civil court systems. Along the way, high schoolers consider the qualifications necessary to serve in high-federal offices, and why courts...
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iCivics: Mini Media Literacy Library

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Designed for the high school classroom, the  mini-lessons in this collection combine studies of the United States government with news literacy skills. Each lesson includes a civics reading, a news literacy feature, and a news literacy...
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We Are Innovators: Elementary Curriculum

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
The lessons in WE Are Innovators collection encourage fourth, fifth, and sixth graders to use their STEM skills to come up with innovative products or services to help solve a social, environmental, or economic issue. They tackle food...
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We Are Innovators: High School Curriculum

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Five modules in the WE Are Innovators collection encourages high schoolers to get involved and use their creativity and problem-solving skills to investigate issues affecting the environment. They design innovative, sustainable methods...
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COVID-19: History and Geography of a Pandemic

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Here's a must-have collection! In the first lesson, which is history centered, students compare the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 to the Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918. On day two, researchers consider the role geography plays in the...
19 Items in Collection
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Applying Literacy Skills to Core Subjects

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Literacy skills are not limited to language arts. Middle schoolers apply literacy skills every time they open a science textbook, read a primary source document, interpret an explanation of a complex mathematics concept, and learn a new...
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Literacy in History/Social Studies: 6-8th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The common core literacy standards for social studies revolve around helping students closely read and understand primary and secondary sources. Browse these resources and find ones relevant to the social studies topics you're teaching!
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Women's History Month: Grades 3–5

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
This March, honor and celebrate Women's History Month with a collection of lessons, videos, and ideas. From women in aviation to women in the Civil War to women in politics, this collection is sure to cover all the bases in women's history.