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Origins of the American Republic
Learners discuss the causes and outcomes of the American Revolution and the need for the American republic form of government.
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Unit 2: Post-Revolution: The Critical Period 1781-1878
The post-Revolutionary Period of 1781-1787, also known as the Critical Period, is the focus of a series of lessons that prompt class members to examine primary source documents that reveal the instability of the period of the Articles of...
9th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Idea Book – For Creating Lessons and Units About American Indians
Augment a unit on the traditions and legacies of Native Americans with an informational packet. With pages that detail the tribal origins of commonly used words, a list of ways that Native American customs influenced American democracy,...
2nd - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn
This resource is rich with primary and secondary source material regarding major events in the Atlantic world during the Age of Revolution. While there are suggested classroom activities toward the beginning of the resource, its true...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Utopia/Dystopia: The American Dream
America was founded by dreamers, and the American dream still resonates in our country today. Track the American dream from its Puritan beginnings to its optimistic descendants with a lesson that focuses on speeches by John F. Kennedy...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Interpreting Foundation Documents of the American Republic
Explore early American documents that qualify as primary sources. Tenth and eleventh graders use the provided worksheets to analyze the texts of the Articles of Association, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation,...
10th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Andrew Jackson’s Speech to Congress on Indian Removal
How did President Andrew Jackson justify the removal of Native Americans from their homeland? After your young historians examine Jackson's speech to Congress in 1830 preceding the Indian Removal Act, they will then delve into text-based...
9th - 11th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Vietnam War & its Impact on American Society
Foster discussion in your advanced high school history class with primary sources from the Vietnam War era. After a timeline activity involving manipulatives, pupils get down to business analyzing and categorizing the document set. All...
10th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Religion and the Argument for American Independence
Students examine how religion affected arguments justifying American independence. They read and analyze primary source documents, and write an essay analyzing how Americans used religious arguments to justify revolution against a tyrant.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
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
Hidden Stories: A Three-Part Lesson in African-American History, Research, and Children’s Literature
Groups of high school learners conduct research on a particular era of African-American history, focusing on events, people, and places important to that era. Next, they review children's literature in four different genres. As a...
10th - 12th English Language Arts