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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. Students retain the information well and good discussion is generated by the poem
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I use this as the first assignment after our WWII unit (it could also end a WWII unit). It guides students through the challenges of "winning the peace". Students read brief but informative summaries of Potsdam, Yalta, the US occupation of Germany
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Great intro activity that provides context for America's involvement in the Korean War and its effects to this day. With North Korea always in the news, this activity is very relevant. Students read, answers questions, and discuss. Great to follow
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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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This very informative yet efficient reading and worksheet track battles and breakthroughs the women's rights movement, Latinos, Gay, and Native Americans experienced in the counter-culture years of the 60's and 70's, and makes connections to today
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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's Presidency. Covers his becoming President after the
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Two page reading does a thorough job of simplifying the many complex factors that caused the Depression, and explaining how they are related. I also tried to make it clear that these factors could happen at any time, and are not unique to the Great
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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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This is a highlight every year. Students really get into this. I made this assignment because my students could never really grasp the enormity and complexity of the challenges FDR faced during the Great Depression. It seemed anti-climatic to just
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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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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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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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As labor organized in the late 1800's and early 1900's, they faced resistance and outright violence from management and government. Students are often shocked at how bad conditions were. Use this as a Gallery Walk, Jigsaw, group work, or any other
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Students create Red Scare-era newspaper front pages reporting on major Cold War events such as Sputnik, the Space Race, the US moon landing, the U2 incident, and more. It is a very enjoyable activity, and they often put more work into it then they
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The Hundred Years War played a large role in ending feudalism in medieval Europe. This reading and accompanying worksheet walks students through the various effects of the war, from the rise of kings and nationalism to the effect on taxes, weapons,
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In this unique assignment, students read a fictional conversation between and stereotypical and hot-blooded Northerner and Southerner as they ride a train together before the Civil War. As they argue about social, political and economic issues,
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Class notes to set up the concept and WWII context of "appeasement", followed by an intro to a young "Dr. Seuss", who worked as a political cartoonist at the time and was very critical of the "America First" movement, headed by Charles Lindbergh,
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Students love to learn about the Roaring 20's. Reading this aloud as a class, periodically pausing to show YouTube clips or pictures of the topics on the computer, is always a highlight of the semester. Students love the final "exit ticket", which
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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 and horizontal integration, laissez faire, social darwinism, monopolies, trusts, etc. Students analyze
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