Category Archives: Teaching Activities & Lesson Plans

Truman Presidential Inquiries

Lessons available in the “Truman Presidential Inquiries” project pose a question connected to Truman’s time as president, then direct the learner to carefully consider what the evidence reveals. Continue reading

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It’s Almost Constitution Day!

Here are a few resources that you can use to talk about the Constitution with your students on Constitution Day or any time. Continue reading

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Educator Open House in Washington, DC

Educators are invited for special after-hours exhibits, an introduction to classroom resources and primary sources, and light refreshments. Continue reading

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Introducing FOIA to a New Generation

We’re developing teaching resources about key historical events and how records shed light on the Government’s actions. Continue reading

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Suspending the Right of Due Process: Japanese-American Relocation during World War II

Engage students in classroom discussions about due process and the Fifth Amendment using primary sources about Japanese-American “relocation” during WWII. Continue reading

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Is the Death Penalty a Cruel and Unusual Punishment?

Document analysis and discussion questions help students examine: What is cruel and unusual punishment? Who decides what is considered cruel and unusual? How can it be measured? Continue reading

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Examining the Second Amendment Using Plain Writing and Historical Context

The Second Amendment might be used to teach plain writing, historical context, and fundamental primary source research. Continue reading

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New eBook and Lesson: Representing Congress

Use political cartoons to engage your students in a discussion of what Congress is, how it works, and what it does. Continue reading

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Freedom of the Press Under Stress

This post is part of our series on the Bill of Rights. We’re highlighting primary sources selected to help students explore core concepts found within the Bill of Rights, and how they’ve impacted American history. This year marks the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the … Continue reading

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“Freedom of” or “Freedom From” Religion?

This post is part of our series on the Bill of Rights. We’re highlighting primary sources selected to help students explore core concepts found within the Bill of Rights, and how they’ve impacted American history. This year marks the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the … Continue reading

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