How Man Negotiates Away His Natural Freedom
Students recognize that our legal-political system hasdeveloped through a process of moving from philosophical ideals to compromised working models. They apply John Locke's views to the development of U.S. political theory and systems.
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“State of Nature” v. Government
What are the advantages and disadvantages of living in a state of nature, and what does an ideal government look like? After discussing these concepts and reviewing the Bill of Rights, your young historians will be divided into groups...
10th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Freedom to Change
Here's something unusual and thoughtful: have your scholars do some pensive reflection themselves before tackling how such meditative techniques are used in prison rehabilitation programs. They watch the "Path of Freedom" video found...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Thomas Jefferson & His Democracy
Discover how Thomas Jefferson's vision for a smaller and limited government motivated major events in United States history, such as the Louisiana Purchase and the embargo of 1807. While the video is packed with information, it does...
13 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Does Racism Affect How You Vote?
What conditions support racism? What specific actions can we, as a society, take to encourage greater racial tolerance? Using polling data and sociological studies in his research, Nate Silver illustrates the effect racism can have in...
9 mins 10th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
How to Find the True Face of Leonardo
Illustrator Siegfried Woldhek describes how he analyzed over 700 of Leonardo's works in order to determine an image of the face of the famed Renaissance man. Try flipping the lesson and adding your own assessment and discussion questions...
4 mins 7th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Art, Commentary and Evidence: Analysis of "The White Man's Burden"
A cross-curricular lesson combines poetry and history for your middle and high schoolers. The class critically examines Kipling's poem, "White Man's Burden" as historical evidence of the Imperialist ideology popular during his time. The...
9th - 12th English Language Arts
Martin Luther King Jr.: His Legacy as Seen Through the Mississippi Summer Freedom Project
Invite your middle schoolers to analyze the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They will research selected Internet websites regarding the CORE and the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project. Your class will extend their research using...
8th - 12th Social Studies & History