Challenge your students to go past the idealized narrative of the Revolution and Constitution Eras and weigh the arguments laid out by Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson in light of the pervasive inequality that existed for African, Native, and all women Americans in this engaging primary source collection.
Featured voices in this dichotomy of values:
Free African American
Tecumseh, leader of the Shawnee
Effective HIPPOS framework to target Common Core thinking:
oint of View
feeling empowered to speak up in the face of inequality.
For all its radical beliefs in the Enlightened ideas of a social contract, a democracy of the people, a set of inalienable rights, America still founded itself with an indefendable level of inequality. The Founding Fathers knew it at the time, each and every citizen knew it at the time. Thankfully along with the lofty declared ideals, the underground arguments from brave Americans challenging the status quo have been preserved.
Cut through the boring textbook and head straight to the compelling sources that make this first chapter of American history one of praised declarations and of pointed challenges to match practice with statement, arriving your students to answer, “What were we really founded upon?”
- Detailed lesson plans, with strategies for all reading levels
- 1-page definition sheets for the concept “immigrant”
- 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
* 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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analyze the rough start of the English colonists, the enslaved Africans, and the invaded Indians.
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.