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?”
Featured voices in this collection of compelling arguments:
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 available for your ability to copy & paste or edit text
* Plan for 60 minutes to deeply introduce, read, annotate, analyze, and discuss one of these documents as a class.
* Great for whole class instruction, small group work, homework, DBQ practice!
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Pre-1900s 36-Pack Bundle:
get six HIPPOS Packs, Colonial Era to Gilded Age
1900s 42-Pack Bundle:
get seven HIPPOS Packs, from Progressive Era to Vietnam War
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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.
evaluate the successes of national policy on the individual in post-Civil War America.
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.