US History

Fear, Panic, and Injustice: Executive Order 9066 A Lesson for Grades 4-6 (Elementary Education)


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.

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Conducting Interviews to Learn about World War II (Elementary Education)


By Mary E. Haas
The featured lesson plan offers student interviewers the opportunity to evaluate multiple perspectives, interpret information, and draw historical conclusions.

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Frederick Douglass Changed My Mind about the Constitution


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.

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Habeas Corpus and “Enemy Combatants”


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.

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Question: Who Can Vote?


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.

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Dear Miss Breed: Using Primary Documents to Advance Student Understanding of Japanese Internment Camps


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.

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Integrating Government and Literature: Mock Civil and Criminal Trials Based on [em]To Kill A Mockingbird[/em]


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.

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Letter to, and Paintings by, George Catlin (Teaching with Documents)


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.

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The “Starving Time” Wikinquiry: Using a Wiki to Foster Historical Inquiry


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.

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The Technology of Unequal Rights for Women: Patent Drawings of a Voting Machine (Teaching with Documents)


By Michael Hussey
The featured voting machines patents can inspire thoughtful classroom discussion on voting rights, voting privacy, and the accuracy of voting machines.

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