COLLECTION OF ALL 11 "HISTORY ON TRIAL" TOPICS (Readings, Worksheets, Guides)

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SHOULD CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS BE VIEWED AS A HERO or A ZERO?

DID THE COLONISTS HAVE THE RIGHT TO SEPARATE FROM ENGLAND?

WAS WESTWARD EXPANSION MANIFEST DESTINY OR CONQUEST

WAS SLAVERY REALLY THE CAUSE OF THE CIVIL WAR?

WAS RECONSTRUCTION SUCCESSFUL or a FALIURE?

DID INDUSTRIALIZATION IMPROVE OR DESTROY THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN AMERICA

WAS THE NEW DEAL A GOOD DEAL FOR AMERICA?

WAS THE DROPPING OF THE ATOMIC BOMB JUSTIFIED?

WAS THE SIXTIES THE GREATEST OR MOST DISASTROUS DECADE IN AMERICAN HISTORY?

SHOULD AMERICA HAVE BECOME INVOLVED IN THE VIETNAM CONFLICT?

IS OUR CURRENT IMMIGRATION POLICY CONSISTENT WITH THIS NATIONS HISTORY


In these mini-units (3-5 days), students explore two very different viewpoints on 11 of the most important questions in American History. After completing a series of individual and group activities, readings and responses, this History on Trial (H.O.T.) unit culminates with an in-class trial/debate. Included in this teacher pack are easy to follow step by step, day by day instructions, worksheets and readings. This unit literally gives a teacher everything he/she needs to facilitate a great classroom activity!

One of the frustrating parts of teaching is that we are often telling our kids what to think, instead of showing them how to think. United States history is filled with dynamic, controversial and fascinating issues that lend themselves to discussion, viewpoint and debate. The purpose of the HISTORY ON TRIAL curriculum is to help students develop their own, well-informed perspectives on these topics.

If you are a teacher who is always on the lookout for meaningful yet manageable activities to share with your students, then HISTORY ON TRIAL is for you. This mini-curriculum provides your students with all the material for an authentic learning experience. Bring excitement and critical thinking to your classroom. Use HISTORY ON TRIAL and watch your students engage in historical discussions and exchanges that they will never forget!

INCLUDED IN EACH “H.O.T” TOPIC UNIT:

1) Detailed Instructions: a “DAY BY DAY” walk through to help the teacher navigate smoothly through this easy to implement activity.
2) Reproducible HISTORICAL OVERVIEW handout
3) Reproducible VIEWPOINTS handout for each Topic
4) Reproducible BREAKING DOWN THE ARGUMENTS wksht
5) Reproducible INSIDE THE ISSUES pro/con handout
6) Reproducible INSIDE THE ISSUES blank worksheet.
7) Reproducible PERSONAL RESPONSE sheet
8) Reproducible YOU/ME argument practice worksheet
9) Reproducible JURY RUBRIC form.


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