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This activity is a good introduction to controversial decisions made by the U.S. government after America joined WWI. Students are introduced to propaganda, war bonds, the draft, the Espionage and Sedition Acts, the Supreme Court case Schenck vs.
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Students read a short bio of both men, then fill out an organizer comparing their objectives and strategies before analyzing a poem about the 2 men by Dudley Randall.
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I use this as the first assignment after our WWII unit (it could also end a WWII unit). It serves as 1 Part review and 3 parts new information guiding students toward the challenges of "winning the peace". Students read brief summaries of Potsdam,
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This very informative yet efficient reading and worksheet track battles and breakthroughs the women's rights movement, Latinos, and Native Americans experienced in the counter-culture years of the 60's and 70's, and makes connections to today as
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I found that students lacked a true understanding of the institutionalized racism and social/political/economic challenges African Americans faced in the 100 years between the end of slavery and the first breakthroughs of the Civil Rights Movement.
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Great intro activity that provides context for America's involvement in the Korean War and its effects to this day. Students read, answers questions, and discuss. Great to follow this up with one of the many modern documentaries about North Korea
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Immediately following the Civil War, Southern States tried passing infamous "Black Code" laws that were blatantly racist. Black people were not allowed in public after sunset, or to meet in groups, or own guns. This assignment provides students with
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Students read a detailed yet interesting and easy-to-follow summary of Teddy Roosevelt's aggressive foreign policy during the early 1900's while completing an organizer. A great intro to Teddy.
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This has been a huge hit every year. Instead of telling students why the first colonists to Jamestown experienced an 80% death rate the first 10 years, I created this "mystery" in which student try to figure it out themselves using short clues. Each
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Students are shocked to learn about Hitler's brazenly discriminatory Nuremberg Laws. How terrible! America would never do anything like this, right? But wait…during this same time period, a majority of U.S. states enforced strict “Jim Crow Laws”
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I created this in order to teach the story of the Trojan War / The Iliad (which only covered the last year of the supposed 10-year conflict) in one hour or less, without sacrificing the drama and excitement. Students read the story (I read aloud
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This is a great activity that really goes into great detail about the many differences between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson yet remains student-friendly and engaging. I like to partner students into pairs, and have one do the
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Students explore how men such as Rockefeller and Carnegie formed monopolies during the Gilded Age. Provides context for terms such as vertical/horizontal integration, laissez faire, social darwinism, trusts, etc.
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Two page reading does a good job of simplifying the many complex factors that caused the Depression, and explaining how they are related. Teacher can use it to have discussion, groups, jigsaw, read-along, etc.
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Students create Red Scare-era newspaper front pages reporting on major Cold War events such as Sputnik, the moon landing, the U2 incident, and more.
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A great introduction to the birth of LBJ's "Great Society", with a specific focus on Medicare and Medicaid. Students will receive balanced arguments for and against the programs, leading them to formulate their own opinion, participate in a group
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This reading and questions takes students deeper into who President Andrew Johnson was, why and how he clashed with "radical" republicans in Congress, and how difficult the road to Reconstruction was going to be.
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Students analyze 6 brief documents and provide and create and support a thesis statement concerning the legacy of men such as Rockefeller and Carnegie. Should they be celebrated as Captains of Industry or lamented as Robber Barons? Could be turned
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Instead of telling students how the relationship between America and the Soviet Union broke down after WWII, why not let them try to piece it together themselves? This is a great activity that really gets students engaged and excited as they piece
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Students learn about the history of America's pledge before engaging in group discussions about whether it should be recited everyday in schools and whether or not the "under God" phrase is a violation of the 1st amendment. Has inspired fantastic
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