US History

Letter in Support of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (Teaching with Documents)


--Lee Ann Potter
Progress and development has sometimes led to the destruction of landmarks. The featured document highlights the struggle to preserve historic sites and leads students to consider the value of their own community’s landmarks.

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The Dropping of Atomic Bombs on Japan


Thomas Holmes
As the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki draws near, a classroom teacher shares four approaches to exploring this momentous event with students.

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Using Art to Teach History to Young Learners (Elementary Education)


—Lois McFadyen Christensen
This lesson plan offers elementary students the opportunity to learn about the civil rights movement through the memory-inspired paintings of folk artist and voting rights activist Bernice Sims.

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Exploring 350 Years of Jewish American History on the Internet


Michael J. Berson and Bárbara C. Cruz
For teachers who want to explore the rich history of Jewish involvement in the country’s social fabric, development, and politics, this article provides significant online and print resources.

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May Madness! A Classroom Competition Merges Historical Research with Public Debate


—Isaac Cosby Hunt III
In this end-of-the-year project, AP U.S. history students wage a competitive battle to determine the most significant American of the twentieth century.

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Documents in the Digital Age (Teaching with Documents)


Lee Ann Potter
As more and more documents exist only in digital form, archivists and historians are faced with new challenges: preserving and providing access to computer-readable historical records [such as WWII Army Enlistment Records and Records about Japanese American Relocation].

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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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