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Civil War: A "Terrible Swift Sword"

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
A three-lesson unit looks at the United States Civil War. In the first lesson, high schoolers analyze primary source materials to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the Union and Confederate armies at the beginning of the war. The...
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Language of Place: Hopi Place Names, Poetry, Traditional Dance and Song

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
For Native Americans, the connection between themselves and the land on which they live runs deep and is apparent throughout their different cultures. During a series of three lessons, young scholars explore the culture of the Hopi...
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Freedom Is Coming: Songs of Freedom, Resistance, and the Underground Railroad

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Young historians examine song lyrics and slave narratives to uncover the realities of life for enslaved people. The six-lesson unit looks at the way enslaved people used music to provide hope, as well as to fight against oppression....
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The Reconstruction Era and The Fragility of Democracy

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Seven lessons examine the Reconstruction Era that followed the United States Civil War. The series of detailed lessons provide background information on the era, teaching strategies, videos, and primary source materials.
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Black Americans in Congress

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Seven lessons make up a unit on African-Americans who served in the United States Congress from 1870 to 2007. Young historians read contextual essays, engage in activities, examine primary source images, and artifacts to gain an...
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A President's Vision

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
A seven-resource curriculum set presents primary source materials that permits young historians to examine the programs and initiatives advanced by Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt,...
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A President's Vision: Thomas Jefferson

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
Former president, Thomas Jefferson, is the focus of seven lessons that challenge pupils to analyze primary source documents associated with his presidency. Pupils perform a close reading of several messages to Congress and an excerpt of...
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A President's Vision: Theodore Roosevelt

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
Teach young historians how to analyze primary source documents, including speeches and editorial cartoons with a collection of worksheets. The six resources in this collection focus on documents associated with the presidency of Theodore...
7 Items in Collection
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A President's Vision: Ronald Reagan

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
The programs of Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States, are the focus of seven worksheets that teach young historians how to analyze primary source documents—including a poster, excerpts from speeches, and political...
6 Items in Collection
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A President's Vision: George Washington

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
Worksheets guide 21st-century learners through an examination of primary source documents related to the presidency of George Washington. The worksheets in the collection allow students to identify the context, meaning, and significance...
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A President's Vision: Lyndon B. Johnson

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
The 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and the Fair Housing Act of 1968 are all statues pushed by Lyndon Baines Johnson. Presdient Johnson also established programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Head Start. Young...
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A President's Vision: Abraham Lincoln

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
A seven-resource collection of worksheets ask students to examine letters written by Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, as well as an excerpt from the diary of a Union soldier. After a careful reading of these primary sources, class...
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World Population History

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Six lessons challenge 21st-century learners to interpret maps, analyze real-world data sets, and use technology such as GIS to understand key global issues. The lessons, which can be used sequentially as a unit or individually, are...
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Learn About the Dreyfus Affair

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Innocent man or traitor to France? That is the question addressed in a five-lesson unit that looks at multiple interpretations of the Dreyfus Affair. As young historians examine primary sources, they also consider the bias that history...
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COVID-19 Science Lessons

For Students 6th - 12th
A pair of presentations from National Geographic examine the science of viruses, the history of worldwide pandemics, and society's response to the COVID-19 crisis. Students first learn about the various types of viruses that exist before...
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How Diseases Spread

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Investigate the spread of infectious disease with this interdisciplinary set of high school health lessons. Young scholars start by learning about the mechanisms of disease transmission and the different methods of prevention before...
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This I Can Do!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Personal interest, strengths, talents, and abilities can be used to make a difference. Young learners consider how they can share their talents with others through volunteering, what they can do to take care of the natural environment,...
8 Items in Collection
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Civil Rights and Martin Luther King Jr. Worksheets

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Expand a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday as well as Black Hstory Month with a collection of eight worksheets that include biographical questions about Dr. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks, word searches and word...
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Center for Civic Education: Black History Month

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Six lesson plans in the Black History Month collection introduce middle and high schoolers to nonviolent actions as a means to resist oppression and encourage reform. Lessons look at the Children’s March, music, and citizenship schools...
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America from Scratch

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
What if the people of the United States started over and, knowing what we know now about how things are working, redesigned the government created by the founding fathers? That's the central premise of the 11 resources in the American...
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Ben Across the Curriculum: High School

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Benjamin Franklin: The man, the scientist, the inventor, the statesman, the legend. A 10-lesson collection introduces high schoolers to the many facets of Franklin’s character. Although developed for the International Traveling...
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Ben Across the Curriculum: Elementary School

For Teachers K - 5th
Benjamin Franklin, statesman, inventor, President is the subject of a collection targeting young historians. The interdisciplinary lesson plans were originally designed to accompany the 2018 international traveling exhibition, “Benjamin...
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What Makes Democracy Work?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Eight lessons make up a collection designed to help high schoolers make sense of an election year. Class members learn about voting rights, the importance of a free press, and civic participation. The focus is on the 2020 presidential...
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History Blueprint: The Cold War (US History)

For Teachers 11th Standards
In this well-organized and inquiry-based collection, high schoolers examine primary and secondary source documents and video clips in preparation for an investigation into the Cold War. Scholars analyze its beginnings, the global impact...