Challenge your students to wonder what was really meant by the famous words, “In Order to Form a More Perfect Union,” by exploring the arguments of antebellum abolitionists, women’s rights activists, and others in this engaging primary source collection that asks, “Why not us, too?”
The effective HIPPOS framework directly targets Common Core critical thinking skills:
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Henry David Thoreau
Effective HIPPOS framework to target Common Core thinking:
oint of View
knowing how to be convincing for causes about which you are passionate.
That famous opening line of the U.S. Constitution’s Preamble, to recognize imperfection, to work to be better, did not fall on deaf ears. Brown, female, and poor alike took those words to heart and fought hard to turn them true, making the Era of the Common Man one that was long overdue, yet not given for many.
Cut through the boring textbook and head straight to the compelling sources that make these rapidly expanding decades of the 1820s to the 1850s one of obvious hypocrisy and of pointed challenges to hold those words to practice, arriving your students to answer, “How can I change the status quo?”
- Detailed lesson plans, with strategies for all reading levels
- 2 1-page definition sheets for the concepts “abolition” and “reform”
- 1-page HIPPOS reference handout and BONUS skill sheet, Annotating a Text
- 6 2-page student worksheets with a short primary source document & graphic organizer sheet
- 6 accompanying HIPPOS answer keys, one for each document
- EDITABLE Word Doc with all 6 sources and generic graphic organizer sheet included to tailor to your classroom needs
* If used in-class, plan for up to 60 minutes to deeply introduce, read, annotate, analyze, and discuss each document.
* These documents also can be easily assigned as part of a jigsaw or gallery walk activity, as homework, or to keep on hand for emergency sub plans!
* Depending on the included scaffolds you use, these documents can be accessed by a wide range of reading levels
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Pre-1900s 48-Pack Bundle:
get 8 HIPPOS Packs, Colonial Era to Gilded Age
1900s 48-Pack Bundle:
get 8 HIPPOS Packs, from Industrialism to Vietnam War
Or mix and match
analyze the rough start of the English colonists, the enslaved Africans, and the invaded Indians.
juxtapose the declared values of democracy with the arguments of its outsiders.
explore the mania and the mayhem created out West.
The Civil War:
contrast the two very different defenses for freedom.
evaluate the successes of national policy on the individual in post-Civil War America.
Gilded Age Diversity:
compare the common dreams of a developing melting pot.
Gilded Age Labor:
hear the voices of those who felt unheard in this age of wealth.
learn how enough passion can turn anyone into an agent of change.
sense the growing divide between rural, traditional and urban, modern American societies.
explore the changing relationship between president and citizen.
explore the difficult decision made by political and military leaders in the fight of their lives.
examine the word choices of leaders fighting a war of words.
Civil Rights Movement:
analyze the impassioned arguments of those for and against equality.
weigh the role public opinion should play in complex foreign policy.