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Events in History Do Not Happen in Isolation: Studying a Letter Written by Thomas Jefferson in 1815 (Sources and Strategies)

--Lee Ann Potter After the British torched the Capitol and its library in 1814, Congress purchased Thomas Jefferson’s renowned book collection. The featured letter by Jefferson, written at the conclusion of the transfer, can serve as an introduction to the global context of the War of 1812. http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7905/7905225.pdf
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Deepening Student Understanding of the Debate over the Constitution through a Description of a Grand Procession (Sources and Strategies)

--Stephen Wesson The featured document from a parade to celebrate the Constitution can serve as an engaging entry point into a lesson about the founding document and the campaign for ratification in 1788. http://socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7904/7904183.pdf
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Free Press in a Constitutional Democracy

--Christine Lucianek
Students will acquire a deeper understanding of freedom of the press when they consider the context for its inclusion in the First Amendment and examine its implications in the Internet age.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7806/7806298.pdf

Magna Carta at 800: Ten Key Questions Answered (Lessons on the Law)

--Howard Kaplan
As the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta approaches, Lessons on the Law provides an overview of the “Great Charter” and identifies teaching materials to engage students.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7806/7806265.pdf

Exploring the Legacy of Magna Carta with Students through Historic Images (Sources and Strategies)

--Stephen Wesson
The two featured portraits of Revolutionary-era writer John Dickinson next to a book titled “Magna Charta,” can launch an enlightening lesson on the thirteenth-century charter´s influence on America´s founding documents.
* http://socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7806/7806261.pdf

Mapping Early American History: Beyond What Happened Where

--Andrew J. Milson
The three highlighted early American historical maps will provide students with important insight into the geographical understanding of people in the past and the implications of this limited knowledge.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7805/780514216...

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What Constitution Day Means and Why it Matters (Looking at the Law)

--Kathleen Hall Jamieson
Constitution Day offers an opportune time for students to explore the evolution of the founding document and examine its provisions for citizens’ rights and rules of government.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7804/7804160.pdf

Encouraging Student Interest in the Economic Context of the Constitution with Continental Currency (Sources and Strategies)

--Lee Ann Potter
A close look at the featured currency issued by the Continental Congress can launch a lesson on the economic problems that preceded the drafting of the Constitution.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7804/7804157.pdf

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History Mystery Lessons: Powhatan Culture / Lewis & CLark

--Jana Kirchner and Carla Judd

The Pullout of the Jan/Feb 2011 issue of SSYL comprised two History Mystery Lessons: The first was about Powhatan culture, and included a clue sheet about life in a Native American village.

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