Students will begin to learn about the changes that occured on the American homefront because of World War I by analyzing correspondence from Assistant Sec. of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt and Boston Red Sox owner Harry H. Frazee.
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These activities enable students to explore Congress Creates the Bill of Rights wtih a mobile app for tablets and eBook from the Center for Legislative Archives. The mobile app is an interactive learning tool for tablets. The eBook presents a historic narrative focusing on James Madison's leadership role in creating the Bill of Rights. There are also six worksheets that will engage students in studying this document and questions are provided.
Using facsimiles of historical records from the files of the U.S. House of Representative Judiciary Committee, students will evaluate evidence and consider the constitutional issues that the committee encountered as it deliberated the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Students will examine the concept of federalism and weigh the proper balance of powers between Federal and state governments when protecting the right to vote.
In this resource, students will explore the protections and limitations on authority contained in the Bill of Rights and the process by which the First Congress created it. They will do this by compiling a list of their rights as students, analyzing the Bill of Rights, and studying primary source documents to trace the origin and development of the first ten amendments. Students will then consider how the Bill of Rights might be updated to reflect 21st century circumstances.
In this resource, students will analyze documents created by Congress to identify steps in the legislative process.
This lesson will explore the implementation of the war-making power from the first declared war under the Constitutionâ€”the War of 1812â€”to the Iraq War. Using primary source documents, students will investigate how the constitutional powers to initiate war have been exercised by the legislative and executive branches of the Federal Government at several key moments in American history. They will also evaluate why and how the balance of authority in initiating war has changed over time. Students will assess and evaluate the current balance of power.
In this lesson, students will analyze 16 political cartoons drawn by Clifford and Jim Berryman during the early to mid-20th century. They will search through the Constitution and associate each cartoon with a specific clause. Through networking exercises, students will analyze all 16 cartoons and read the entire Constitution. They will learn about the outline and structure of the Constitution, as well as the content of many of its clauses.
This lesson plan is designed as an educational component of the Documented Rights Online Exhibit. It is designed to be a unit plan that requires students to research, analyze, and create a finished product using documents from the exhibit. The essential question guiding activites is, "What are our unalienable rights as humans?" Students will break into teams and research the struggles of different groups of people. Each team will make a presentation to the class.
Students will see and read about the differences in food manufacturing practices before and after the new food laws passed in 1906: the Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act.
In this resource, students will use facsimiles of historical records from the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to investigate whether the frontier shaped America or if Americaâ€”through Congressâ€”shaped the Western frontier of the contiguous 48 states from 1789 â€“ 1890.
Students will analyze documents pertaining to the woman suffrage movement as it intensified following passage of the 15th Amendment that guaranteed the right to vote for African American males. Documents were chosen to call attention to the struggle's length, the movement's techniques, and the variety of arguments for and against giving women the vote.
Students will study a letter from Annie Davis, a woman who was enslaved in Maryland and wrote a letter to President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War to find out if "we are free." Students will examine three documents: a proposed amendment from 1861, the Emancipation Proclaimation, and the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Students will analyze these documents to compare the changing roles of minorities on American society.
This is an activity which has the students interacting with a primary source document dealing with the annexation of Hawaii. This document is a petition against the United States against annexation in both Hawaiian and English.
This lesson engages students in a study of the Constitution to learn the significance of "Six Big Ideas" contained in it. Students analyze the text of the Constitution in a variety of ways, examine primary sources to identify their relationship to its central ideas and debate the core constitutional principles as they relate to today's political issues.
This resource provides the details of the quiet act of defiance that resonated throughout the world, Rosa Parks is known and revered as the "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement." A list of teaching activities are provided for students to analyze the documents pertaing to her arrest and a document analysis worksheet is available.
Students will examine several documents related to the life of Solomon Northup, whose life story is told in his autobiography Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup, a Citizen of New-York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841 and Rescued in 1853, from a Cotton Plantation Near the Red River in Louisiana.
In 1917, British cryptographers deciphered a telegram from German Foreign Minister Arthur Zimmermann to the German Minister to Mexico, offering United States territory to Mexico in return for joining the German cause. This message helped draw the United States into the war and changed the course of history, thus a major "turning point" in history. In this lesson from the National Archives, students will analyze the Zimmerman telegraph and evaluate its significance in history.