Congress Investigates: Pearl Harbor and 9/11 Congressional Hearing Exhibits (Teaching with Documents)Submitted by Jennifer Bauduy on Tue, 10/04/2011 - 3:18pm
The study of the two featured documents will illustrate for students the importance of Congress’s power to investigate as part of a system of checks and balances established by the Founders.
--Jeremy D. Stoddard and Meg Hoffman
Three activities described here engage the creativity of at-risk students by incorporating mini-camcorders into the study of the American Revolution, Civil War, and Post-Reconstruction.
Wikipedia can provide useful facts for a summary report, but the anonymity and quantity of authors is problematic for historical research.
Rather than battle Wikipedia’s stronghold in students’ lives, teachers should seize the opportunity to teach students how to read Wikipedia through a critical lens.
A Supreme Court decision banning illegally obtained evidence in federal court serves as a point of entry for the study of search warrants and the Fourth Amendment.
--Cynthia Williams Resor
A close study of community cookbooks illustrates economic, cultural, and technological trends over time, such as shifts in food production, preparation, and consumption.
--Janet Tran with Tony Pennay and Krista Kohlhausen
The centennial of Ronald Reagan’s birth offers an opportunity to engage students in lessons about the importance of political civility.
--Richard L. Hughes
The memoir of a white journalist who disguised himself as an African American in the pre-civil rights South provides students with greater insight into the evolution of segregation in American society.
Draft of the Constitution (August 1787) and Schedule of the Compensation of the Senate of the United States (March 1791) / TWDSubmitted by Jennifer Bauduy on Wed, 01/19/2011 - 12:30pm
--Michael Hussey and Stephanie Greenhut
The two featured documents can serve as a starting point for a lesson on public service while students debate the amount of pay that public servants should receive.
--Lee Ann Potter
Students will gain a deeper understanding of legislative tactics like the filibuster when they study the featured document—the Senate motion that broke a 55-day filibuster against the Civil Rights Act.