I struggled for years to get students to engage with Andrew Jackson, but when I asked them to compare him to two presidents that they know about, they suddenly cared. My descriptions in the left hand column are what I really want kids to remember,
This brief activity for the first few days of school encourages students to think about your history class as an experience that will change who they are and how prepared they are for everyday life. Too many students think a history class is about
Designed for a Depression/New Deal unit, but also good for a sociology or current issues class, this 2-3 day exercise spurs conversation about how much we value social services; free enterprise; low taxes; equality; education; and the prevention of
Ever since Donald Trump gained traction in the GOP primaries pundits and critics have claimed that he is a fascist. Students will use a variety of websites and articles (pro-Trump, anti-Trump and neutral) to explore the question.
This handout prepares students for a paired, small group or whole class discussion on four 21st century church and state cases. Used in a history class, it can replace a lecture on colonial religious freedom and lack thereof. In a civics or
This lesson belongs near the beginning of a unit or mini-unit on America's immigration history. Explain to the class that groups will be creating diagrams to learn 34 terms used in American immigration, then they will see how well they know and
This activity allows students to explore ideas about how America industrialized without the teacher lecturing on the causes of industrialization.
Set up the room in clusters of four desks with two partners facing two other partners at a distance of
Use this in class to watch clips, or send it home to have students watch the speech as homework. The instructions and grid organizes students' thinking so they are developing citizenship skills instead of focusing on how many times the crowd