History and government never had it so good! These posters, each featuring a fascinating quotation from Alexis de Tocqueville
, will help your students see fascinating aspects of the American character when it comes to issues of liberty and democracy.
Instead of looking out into a sea of glazed faces, as is all too common in high school history and civics classes, get your students engaged and debating, using as a starting-off point one of the greatest students of American politics of all time -- even though he was a rank amateur!
ABOUT ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE
Alexis de Tocqueville was a Frenchman who traveled the United States during the early 1800s, writing down his observations about the American character -- particularly as it applied to freedom, politics, and government. His insights into the American mind were so profound that his great work, Democracy in America, is still studied today in both high school and college classrooms.
De Tocqueville can be tough reading, however. With this set of classroom display posters and discussion starters, you can start having some great conversations with the whole class or small groups, but without wading through a lot of written material. Alternatively, these quotations can serve to reinforce and encapsulate the de Tocqueville selections your students may be reading!
ENGAGE STUDENTS IN DISCUSSION
These classroom display posters make for outstanding discussion starters about the nature of politics and democracy in the United States. All of the quotes are from Democracy in America, a ground-breaking work about the U.S. political landscape in the early 1800s. As you can see, de Tocqueville’s observations are still highly accurate and relevant today!
ABOUT THESE DE TOCQUEVILLE POSTERS
----> Each poster is sized to fit onto an 81/2 x 11 sheet of paper so that teachers can use their usual classroom or personal printers to print them out
----> The thumbnails show four different border and font styles because you will get all of the posters in all four styles!
---->The download includes PDF files of all posters so that printing will be a snap.
----> The download also includes editable files (Microsoft Word .docx format) of all posters so that the entire Tocqueville classroom display set is completely customizable. Should you wish to change it to use your own fonts, colors, and borders, you'll have an easy way to do it. You can even add in additional great quotations if you like.
----> All posters are designed by default to use black lettering on a white background. This is so that teachers without color printers can produce crisp, clean posters. If you *do* have a color printer, however, it will be a simple matter to use a color font to jazz things up.
DO YOU WANT POSTERS WITH A COLORED BACKGROUND?
Using the editable files, you can certainly add in a page or background color. This option will use a lot of ink when you print it, however. A much simpler way to get colored posters is to simple print the provided files onto colored Xerox paper.
USING THESE TOCQUEVILLE QUOTATION POSTERS FOR INSTRUCTION: ~A CLASS PROJECT IDEA~
After discussing a number of the quotations, or possibly all of them, challenge your students to read a bit of Tocqueville and find a meaningful quote or two of their own. Alternatively, they could try to put their own ideas about American society into succinct form. Either way, with the editable files included in this product, you can add the quotes in and print out professional-looking displays of more Tocqueville's thoughts -- or your students' own!
~~~FREE MATERIALS TO HELP YOU TEACH TOCQUEVILLE~~~
You can find copies of Democracy in America online -- the book is old enough that it is out of copyright, which makes a Tocqueville project highly affordable. Here are some places to look:
Democracy in America with footnotes and explanations
Tocqueville at the Gutenberg Project: Democracy in America Volume 1
Tocqueville at the Gutenberg Project: Democracy in America Volume 2
Download Democracy in America in a variety of formats
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If you like the look of this download, you might also enjoy my set of general quotes about the nature of history. It is also designed as a classroom display. You can see that product here:
Classroom Display: Great Quotes About History