Category Archives: Teaching Activities & Lesson Plans

Ahoy Mateys! New Whaling Documents Come to DocsTeach this Month

Whaling is a major part of history! It offers windows into the past through music, art, mathematics, science, and geography. Continue reading

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Forty years ago: Desegregation in Boston Public Schools

Newly digitized primary sources and online teaching activities related to education equality are available on DocsTeach. Continue reading

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Constitution Day: Application in the Classroom

Take ideas for classroom activities from these Constitution Day family activities at the National Archives. Continue reading

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Poetry Slam: A Different Way to Use Primary Sources

Students assemble key sentences from primary sources into poems to tell a larger story. Continue reading

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Congress Creates the Bill of Rights

Introducing Congress Creates the Bill of Rights, consisting of: an eBook, a mobile app for tablets, and online resources for teachers and students. Continue reading

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Constitution Day is September 17!

Celebrate and learn more about our Federal Government’s founding document with these activities and resources. Continue reading

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Why Did We Need a New Constitution?

For Constitution Day, your students can see the economic problems of the Articles of Confederation by reading this petition. Continue reading

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New DocsTeach Activity: The Night Before D-Day

We commemorate the 70th anniversary with an activity focusing on two documents related to the Allied invasion of June 6, 1944. Continue reading

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The First Act of the First Congress

The First Congress faced numerous tasks, but one thing was so important that it was the first act signed into law. Continue reading

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Teaching with Artifacts: What Edith Galt Wilson’s Suit Can Teach Students about World War I and Women in America

Students feel like detectives on a mission to discover what they can learn about history when they learn with artifacts. Continue reading

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