By Theresa M. McCormick
In this lesson, students use primary sources to understand how a climate of fear influenced the president to sign the order that forced the incarceration of Japanese Americans.
By Mary E. Haas
The featured lesson plan offers student interviewers the opportunity to evaluate multiple perspectives, interpret information, and draw historical conclusions.
By James Oakes
Like Frederick Douglass, this historian had originally viewed the Constitution as pro-slavery. Yet a close look at Douglass’s writings revealed a Constitution that empowered the federal government to abolish slavery.
By Carolyn Pereira and Nisan Chavkin
The writ of habeas corpus has been a critical tool for balancing the rights of individuals with the government’s responsibility to protect the nation’s welfare. The featured elementary, middle, and high school lessons explore the significance of this right.
By Misty D. Rodeheaver and Mary E. Haas
Key historical events changed voting practices in America and extended the right to vote. This article spotlights a few of those events, as well as contemporary voting issues, and outlines a teacher-tested lesson on voting.
Dear Miss Breed: Using Primary Documents to Advance Student Understanding of Japanese Internment CampsSubmitted by Jennifer Bauduy on Fri, 07/24/2009 - 12:53pm
By Patrick Westcott and Martha Graham Viator
The authors highlight the Carter G. Woodson award winner Dear Miss Breed—which recounts the stories of 19 children of Japanese descent interned in U.S. camps during World War II—as an excellent resource for studying the Japanese American wartime experience.
Integrating Government and Literature: Mock Civil and Criminal Trials Based on [em]To Kill A Mockingbird[/em]Submitted by Jennifer Bauduy on Fri, 07/24/2009 - 12:52pm
By Lori Kumler and Rina Palchick
In a project that connected social studies classes with literature classes, students honed academic skills as they constructed mock trials from the events of a famous novel.
By David Rosenbaum, Lee Ann Potter, and Elizabeth K. Eder
A letter from the Secretary of War to painter George Catlin in the 1830s and Catlin’s subsequent paintings of Native Americans in the West help students explore the encounter of two cultures.
By Jeremy D. Stoddard, Mark J. Hofer, and Molly G. Buchanan
Highlighting a wikinquiry on the Jamestown colony’s ‘starving time,’ the authors demonstrate a wiki’s power to promote student collaboration, enhance communication, and improve construction of knowledge.
The Technology of Unequal Rights for Women: Patent Drawings of a Voting Machine (Teaching with Documents)Submitted by Jennifer Bauduy on Fri, 07/24/2009 - 12:46pm
By Michael Hussey
The featured voting machines patents can inspire thoughtful classroom discussion on voting rights, voting privacy, and the accuracy of voting machines.