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Civil War: North v. South Informational Text Article + Activities
The purpose of this mini-unit is to introduce the set-up between the North and South at the beginning of the Civil War. The article goes into the advantages and disadvantages that both sides faced and how that influenced the war as it progressed. Students will read and analyze these advantages and d
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President Donald Trump - First 100 Days DBQ DBQs
UPDATE: Now includes first 100 days. Will be updated throughout the presidency for all purchasers at no additional cost! This DBQ packet covers several major moments in Donald Trump's presidency. Worksheets cover Trump's Inauguration, the initial travel ban executive order, Trump & the media, T
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THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE PRESENTATION  A Discussion of Rhetoric
Compelling language, remarkable techniques, enhanced by beautiful graphics, engage students in this thorough discussion of rhetorical devices in The Declaration of Independence. Gleaning information from an article by Stephen E Lucas, titled "Justifying America: the Declaration of Independence as
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American Expansion or Imperialism DBQ Five Paragraph Essay Pre-Write
Students are to categorize the effects of American Expansion, analyze the consequences of events and documents, Write a thesis paragraph, and use the documents as evidence to support their claims.
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President Barack Obama’s 2017 Farewell Address – Rhetorical Analysis
This resource includes the Common Core annotated text and marginal notes for President Barack Obama’s Farewell Address delivered in Chicago, IL on January 10, 2017. This resource includes 110 marginal notes aligned to Common Core standards and elements. Reading and annotating informational texts is
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Common Core Writing Task: We Shall Overcome & Second Inaugural Address
In this lesson, students complete close readings of Lyndon B. Johnson's speech "We Shall Overcome" and Abraham Lincoln's "Second Inaugural Address." Then, they synthesize their understanding of the readings and write a short analytical essay requiring them to analyze the arguments in each speech. T

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Civil Disobedience Pieces: Henry David Thoreau and Martin Luther King
If you're looking for the perfect civil disobedience handout that covers the works of these two great men, then this is the place to be. Using an interdisciplinary approach, students in either English or social studies can use critical-thinking skills to dissect the pieces of each leader as well as
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Great Speeches
This project familiarizes students both with rhetorical devices and with the words of great leaders from U.S. History. Including the full text of speeches such as "I Have a Dream," this project is Common Core standardized for both English and Social Science.
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Lincoln's 2nd Inaugural Address All In One Bundle w/ Questions, Assessments. PPT
Teaching students to analyze foundational US documents can be challenging! With this All in One Bundle, your students will be able to understand grade level vocabulary, analyze Lincoln's 2nd Inaugural Address through rhetorical devices and produce an Oral and/or Written Presentation to demonstrate m
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The Constitutional Convention – New Jersey / Virginia Plan Comparison Grid
When delegates from the twelve attending states gathered in Philadelphia during the Summer of 1787 (Rhode Island sent no representatives), the convention's outcome was far from certain. Its official purpose was to reform the Articles of Confederation. However, for many of the men who came, mere refo
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Benjamin Franklin's "Autobiography" Review/Assessment with Detailed Answer Key
He was a Founding Father who went from rags to riches and who recorded his initial journey in an interesting, inspirational autobiography. This comprehensive worksheet allows students to understand the aspirations and visions of Benjamin Franklin as they answer critical-thinking questions that inve
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President Donald J. Trump 2018 Parkland, Florida Address – Rhetorical Analysis
This resource includes the annotated text and marginal notes for the 2018 speech given by President Donald J. Trump after the Parkland, Florida school shooting. The included zipped folder also includes a copy of the speech without annotations and marginal notes so that you can reproduce it for stude
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President George W. Bush’s September 11 Address – Rhetorical Analysis
This resource includes the annotated text and marginal notes for the September 11, 2001 speech given by President George W. Bush after coordinate attacks hit the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and abandon field in Pennsylvania. The included zipped folder also includes a copy of the speech without ann
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"I Have a Dream" and "Speech in the Virginia Convention" Analysis Unit
Contains everything you need to teach an interesting, dynamic, analytical unit on Martin Luther King, Jr's "I Have a Dream" and Partick Henry's "Speech in the Virginia Convention." This unit contains the following: *Vocabulary Practice from "Speech in the Virginia Convention" *Prefix, Root Words,
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The Declaration of Independence Rhetoric Presentation and Activity
Introduce students to the beautiful rhetoric of the Declaration of Independence.Based on an article by Stephen Lucas which is included in this packet, this presentation introduces students to The Declaration of Independence as a masterly piece of rhetoric and literature. I have the Declaration highl
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Common Core for Lincoln's 2nd Inaugural Address
President Lincoln made his second inaugural address on March 5th, 1865, little more than a month before the end of the Civil War. It is as timely and important now as it was then. It calls us to our duties as citizens of the United States and reminds us of our responsibilities to each other. I hop
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Civil Disobedience Synthesis Essay
A perfect assessment for English or social studies teachers who want to delve into civil disobedience, this synthesis essay compilation provides a prompt, rubric, tips for writing, a fill-in chart, a brainstorming activity, and an answer key. A list of articles and videos that examine the topic ar
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Introduction to Seminal Documents
This cooperative learning seminal document lesson introduces the students to the definition, characteristics, and examples of seminal documents prior to reading full-text examples. This activity provides seven different excerpts of well-known seminal documents.   The students read, summarize, and i
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FAMOUS SPEECHES: JOHN F. KENNEDY'S INAUGURAL ADDRESS
FAMOUS SPEECHES: JOHN F. KENNEDY What you get: • JFK’s famous speech, short enough for silent class reading • High level multiple-choice tests and keys • Unit reinforces proper reasoning for improved success on tests • Essay exam • Grading rubric • Test taker profile (used for student response and
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Article of the Week's Read for Meaning Statements: President Obama's Address
This resource directly pairs with Kelly Gallagher's article of the week titled "Address to the Nation by the President" (posted in 2015). While Kelly Gallagher's website contains the article (under resources, article of the week), this guide allows students to agree or disagree with statements made
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Patrick Henry Speech to Virginia Delegates 3 Days of Lesson Plans Text Included
READY TO USE LESSON PLANS + SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIALS. This product consists of 3 days of 45 minute lesson plans on Patrick Henry's speech to the House Delegates of Virginia. This is a CCLS recommended text and all the questions are aligned to Common Core Standards. I have found this lesson to be ver
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Frederick Douglass, Narrative, Reading Practice, Primary Source
Students read the first-hand account of how 16-year-old Frederick Douglass bested a slave-breaker and how he escaped from slavery by disguising himself as a sailor. This handout provides students with space for practicing annotations and note-taking. Excellent practice for Common Core State Standard
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Narrative of Frederick Douglass Worksheet (or Test), Realism, and Answer Key
Walk in the footsteps of one of America's great abolitionists through this review sheet. Using the characteristics of Realism as well as essential literary terms, students will have a chance to reexamine the autobiography of Frederick Douglass that relate to his experiences as a slave. This packet a
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FAMOUS SPEECHES: ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S INAUGURAL ADDRESS
FAMOUS SPEECHES: JOHN F. KENNEDY What you get: • JFK’s famous speech, short enough for silent class reading • High level multiple-choice tests and keys • Unit reinforces proper reasoning for improved success on tests • Essay exam • Grading rubric • Test taker profile (used for student response and
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