The Nature of a State
Students examine the main features of a nation-state. They view and discuss a Powerpoint presentation, and define civic life, politics, government, and nation-state.
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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
Rename That State!
As Shakespeare famously wrote, "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet," but can the same be said for a state? In this elementary geography lesson, students are assigned specific states to research using the information they find...
3rd - 6th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Naturalized Citizens and the Presidency
Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution takes center stage in a lesson that asks class members to assume the role of state senators, debate a resolution to amend the U. S. Constitution to permit naturalized citizens to run for...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Citizenship Schools and Civic Education During the Civil Rights Movement and in the Present
Your young historians will discover the importance that citizenship education has played in the social progress of the United States as they learn about early efforts to discourage African Americans from voting in the 1960s.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
If citizens are living abroad, can their children still be considered citizens? How long does citizenship last for someone who has been permitted to work in the country? Here is a fun online interactive game that will help your learners...
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Schneck v. United States (1919)
Provide learners with an opportunity to explore Supreme Court decisions that impacted the United State. Learners read this two-page selection about Schneck v. United States (1919), and then they respond to two short-answer questions...
11th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Debate: Natural Resources- Which Are Most Valuable to the State
Class members are each assigned a state's natural resource to research. In pairs, they engage in silent debates: they pass a paper back and forth, writing a line on each turn about why their resource is most important. At the end,...
4th - 7th English Language Arts
Where in the United States Are We?
Fifth graders collaborate with another fifth grade classroom while learning about various locations in the United States. This is a telecollaborative video conferencing project that is designed for students studying United States history...
5th English Language Arts
Let Me Tell You About My State
State reports can be a lot of fun, especially when the learners get to choose the state they study. This research and writing-focused social studies instructional activity engages learners in collecting information, essay structure,...
5th - 7th Social Studies & History