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“Dude, Our Rules Came from These Old Documents?!”
As students rotate through learning stations, they analyze the Magna Carta, Mayflower Compact, and the English Bill of Rights. Students interpret the historical documents and draw conclusions as to how these docuemnts have influenced the U.S. system of government.
A Tale of Two Constitutions
This lesson is a comparison between the Bill of Rights from the United States and the Bill of Rights from Texas. By the end of the lesson, students will have an opportunity to discover how the understanding of the two constitutions can give them a brighter future, being more confident in their rights as citizens. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with their peers and generate conversations guiding them to deepen their thinking about both constitutions.
Voices from the Trail of Tears
In this lesson, students will learn about the implementation of the Indian Removal Act and the Trail of Tears. Students will engage with primary and secondary sources to build a comprehensive understanding of the events.
What? Can You Really Say That?
Students will examine several items related to the First Amendment and respond to the teacher-created questions. Student groups will present their conclusions to the class.
Students will be able to apply their knowledge of the principles of the U.S. Constitution in relation to the events and issues of Andrew Jackson’s Presidency, explain if the principles were demonstrated or violated, and justify their reasoning.
PES of the West!
: Students will analyze primary sources, images, and speeches to form opinions about causal relationships and compare and contrast those opinions with historical documents.
The Civil Rights Movement and Voting Rights
Given the voting rights amendments, students will create an annotated time line that illustrates how voting rights have been extended to various groups of people throughout the history of the United States.
Separate But Equal: A Study of Segregation
Given Supreme Court case summaries, students will compare and contrast the impact of the Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education decisions.
Origins of the Progressive Era
Given broad categories that describe the major goals of the progressive movement and general information about selected issues of the late 1800’s/early 1900’s, students will categorize the issues according to corresponding progressive era goals.
The Problem of Child Labor in the Progressive Era
After analyzing primary and secondary resources about the child labor, the students should be able to draw conclusions about the need to reform child labor practices.
Upton Sinclair: A Progressive Era Muckraker
Students will describe how Upton Sinclair's The Jungle reflected issues of the Progressive Era.
Roosevelt’s Square Deal
Given information about Roosevelt’s Square Deal, students will create cause-and-effect diagrams to explain the reasons for and impact of selected reforms sponsored by the Roosevelt administration.
The Gilded Age
Given background information, students will be able to identify economic, social, and political issues surrounding the Gilded Age. Students will identify significant historical figures associated with the Gilded Age.
The Causes of the Great Depression
The student understands the causes of the Great Depression.
Political Influences of the Great Depression
Given primary and secondary sources of information about selected New Deal measures (e.g., the creation of the Civilian Conservation Corps or the passage of the Agricultural Adjustment Act), students will analyze how these measures affected various regions of the United States.
World War II Impact on U.S. Economy and Society
Given background information, students will identify the social and economic impact of World War II on the American home front, such as the Great Depression, rationing, and increased opportunity for women and minority employment.
The Cold War and the American Home Front
Students will identify ways in which Cold War tensions were intensified.
The U.S. Role in the World (1970's into the 21st Century)
Given a timeline, students will understand the political, economic, and social impact of selected U.S. political leaders on the world from the 1970s into the 21st century.
America as a World Power in the Modern Era: The Carter Administration
Given background information, students will describe the changing role of the United States as a world power during the Carter Administration.
Conservative Resurgence of the 1980s and 1990s
Given information about social issues throughout U.S. history, students will describe the causes and effects of significant societal issues.