Secondary/High School

Constitution Day: Start the School Year with Civics (Lesson Plan)


—Eli J. Lesser
This Constitution Day lesson plan looks at the influence of specific thinkers and their writings on the Constitution.

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The Stock Market Crashes of 1929 and 1987: Linking History and Personal Finance Education


Jane S. Lopus
By tapping into students’ curiosity about the stock market, teachers can motivate them to learn many important personal finance concepts.

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Population Estimates Used by Congress During the Constitutional Convention (Teaching with Documents)


—Lee Ann Potter
The featured document enables students to consider the role population estimates played in determining the structure of the U.S. Congress.

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"In the Midst of Strange and Terrible Times": The New York City Draft Riots of 1863


Bárbara C. Cruz and Jennifer Marques Patterson
The riots that shook New York City more than a century ago can provide contemporary students a useful framework for studying such complex issues as race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and immigration.

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1906 Letter to the San Francisco Health Department (Teaching with Documents)


—Kristin Schmachtenberg
The 1906 earthquake that shattered San Franciscon exposed the city and nation's lack of disaster preparedness. The featured document highlights the dismal state of rations provided to those left homeless.

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From the Classroom to the Battlefield: A National Guardsman Talks about His Experience in Iraq


—Toni Fuss Kirkwood-Tucker
Many struggling youth see military service and the benefits it provides as a way to pursue dreams like a college education. One young man who joined the National Guard spoke with his former teacher about fighting in Iraq and how it changed him.

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Executive Power in an Age of Terror (Looking at the Law)


—James H. Landman
In today’s era of terrorism, marked by a non-traditional enemy, should the executive branch have greater authority? This article looks at the extent of the president’s power and the role of Congress and the judiciary in checking and balancing that power.

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Money Panics and the Establishment of the Federal Reserve System (Lesson Plan)


—National Council on Economic Education, New York
An unregulated banking system in the nineteenth century contributed to a string of severe money panics. A short play in this lesson plan helps students understand why this happened and how today’s Federal Reserve System protects against panics.

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The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (Teaching with Documents)


By Kahlil Chism
The Freedmen’s Bureau was one of few agencies established to improve the lives of former slaves. Four documents highlight for students the bureau’s efforts to help African Americans acquire land, secure jobs, legalize marriages, and pursue education.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7001/700119.pdf

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Researching the Viet Nam War Inside Viet Nam: U.S. Student Teachers Explore War Myths


By Robert E. Vadas
Aiming to correct myths about the Viet Nam War, this author regularly leads groups of students to learn about the country firsthand.

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