Category Archives: Teaching Activities & Lesson Plans

WWI Posters and Home Cards

Posters and cards distributed on the homefront provide an engaging way to introduce students to World War I. Continue reading

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Oppressed Women Ask the Government to “Make Amends”

A petition created by Alaska Native women during World War II can help students understand the right of the people to “petition for redress of grievances.” Continue reading

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Freedom to Cover the World Series

Reporter Melissa Ludtke sued the Commissioner of Baseball to gain access to the locker room, calling out 1st amendment-guaranteed freedom of the press and the 14th amendment’s equal protection clause. Continue reading

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Permission to “Take it to the Streets”

The right of the people to peaceably assemble is guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. But what happens when a city requires a group to obtain a permit to do so? Continue reading

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Prohibition and Its Consequences: A New DocsTeach Activity

Students will explore the consequences of the 18th Amendment, that prohibited “the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes.” Continue reading

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James Madison Debates a Bill of Rights

Students can explore the debates over the addition of a bill of rights to the Constitution in a new lesson plan from the National Humanities Center. Continue reading

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Join us at NCSS!

Our sessions cover the Bill of Rights, the amendment process, civics, and teaching NHD and C3 with primary sources. Continue reading

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New Chinese Exclusion Act Book and Course!

Students can explore the impact of the Chinese Exclusion Act, and the personal stories of those it touched, through these new learning tools. Continue reading

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Upcoming Events for Educators at the National Archives at New York City

The National Archives at New York City’s Learning Center is hosting two educational events next week for New York City area educators. On Thursday, October 15th starting at 4:00 pm, the National Archives is hosting an Educator’s Open House.  Teachers … Continue reading

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Constitutional Scavenger Hunt with Political Cartoons Lesson Engages Students

This new lesson guides students to an understanding of how the provisions of the U.S. Constitution are visually represented in popular media. Continue reading

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