American Justice: The Texas Cheerleader Plot
Young scholars watch a video about one woman who planned to commit murder because of a cheerleading scandal.
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African American Women Before and After the Civil War: Slavery and Freedom
Students listen to data on African American women in Texas before the Civil War. In this Civil War lesson, students compare and contrast the lives of slave and free women, and discuss case studies, locating areas on a map. Students...
7th - 9th English Language Arts
Texas v. Johnson (1989)
Is burning an American flag protected under the First Amendment right to freedom of speech? Take a look at how Supreme Court justices interpreted this question, and discuss the merits of each of their arguments posed in Texas v. Johnson.
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Land and Liberty: The Saga of Sam McCulloch
The struggles of Sam McCulloch, a free black man, to be recognized as a citizen entitled to own land in Texas are the focus of research project that ask groups to examine a series of primary source documents and piece together...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
Texas v. Johnson
Which right does the Constitution weigh more heavily: the sanctity of the American flag as a symbol of national unity, or the right to burn the flag in protest? The 1989 Supreme Court case of Texas v. Johnson explores a state's right to...
10th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Modern: Industrialization and Global Integration
The 18th and 19th centuries saw so many political revolutions around the world that it's difficult to consider the importance and influence of the revolutions that affected each country differently: the agricultural and industrial...
9th - Higher Ed Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Plyler v. Doe: Can States Deny Public Benefits to Illegal Immigrants?
Illegal immigration is an ever-changing source of consistent controversy. A reading passage about the rights of undocumented workers and illegal immigrants—and the lack thereof—guides high schoolers into a mock trial activity. Three...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Bill of Rights
How does the Bill of Rights, created over 200 years ago, still apply to the lives of American citizens to this day? Here is a fantastic resource that includes several resources on approaching the Bill of Rights with your class. After...
5th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
10 Ideas for Teaching Black History Month
Celebrate Black History Month with the help of 10 ideas that delve deep into the history, major events, contributions, famous African Americans, and sheds light on how scholars today can take a proactive stance on current civil rights...
K - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The House Un-American Activities Committee
Was the House Un-American Activities Committee justified in investigating subversive influences in the entertainment industry? Part two of the three-part series of lessons that examine the anti-communism movement after World War II,...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Meaning of America: Freedom and Individuality
What are the strengths and weaknesses of American individualism and independence? Explore these principles through a close reading of Jack London's To Build a Fire, and engage in high-level discussion with your class by analyzing the...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed