Who or What is Un-American?
Students explore concepts about civil liberties, research the history of sedition-related legislation in the U.S. and create a position paper on the topic.
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African Americans in Revolutionary Times
How did black Americans contribute to colonial society in the United States and make active choices to exert some control over their lives as slaves? Explore the often overlooked yet incredibly important roles of Africans and African...
8th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
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 activity that focuses on speeches by John F. Kennedy...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Exploring The American Dream
What is the American Dream and how is it achieved? This lesson focuses in particular on the rise of the American Dream during the 1950s and includes a variety of primary sources for class members to interact with as they explore this...
10th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
What Is the American Dream?
How do you describe the American Dream? What motivates others to immigrate to the United States, and why do some groups have trouble attaining the American Dream? Your learners will consider these questions as they explore figurative...
7th - 9th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Colonialism and American Foundations Sample Test Questions
What was the main cause of European colonization in America? How did Thomas Paine's Common Sense play a role in the establishment of the United States? What was the trans-Atlantic slave trade? These are just a few of the many questions...
8th - 10th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
What IS the Difference Between Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims?
The distinction between Shiite and Sunni Muslims is an often misunderstood concept, yet very important for its implications in global affairs and for a more comprehensive understanding of the religion of Islam.
8th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
New Review 19th Century Lessons for 21st Century Lives
"A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance, nor wish it to prevail through the power of the majority." The words of Henry David Thoreau on Civil Disobedience seem particularly relevant today, as are his writings and...
10th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
True Blue? On Being Australian
Who or what is an Australian? Discover a plethora of student-centered, engaging activity ideas on the question of Australian identity, organized according to five major themes: people, symbols, place, sport, and words.
11th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
What is Love?
Love is "potentially the most intensely thought about thing in all of human history." We rank, define, and fall into love...but what is it really? Explore the various ways humanity has come to define love, from a set of behaviors or an...
5 mins 9th - 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