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General US History

Asking Students to Compare the Value of Information in Different Sources about the Same Event (Sources and Strategies)

--Scott M. Waring
A close look at the spy map that helped George Washington win the Battle of Princeton can place students in the role of historians as they analyze the map and other sources to shed light on this historic event.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/sites/default/files/publications/se/7901/79...

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Analyzing the Messages of the State of the Union Address

--Mark T. Kissling and Christopher C. Martell
The president´s annual speech to Congress on the condition of the nation offers students an opportunity to examine key domestic issues as well as the president´s proposals.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/sites/default/files/publications/se/7806/78...

Magna Carta at 800: Ten Key Questions Answered (Lessons on the Law)

--Howard Kaplan
As the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta approaches, Lessons on the Law provides an overview of the “Great Charter” and identifies teaching materials to engage students.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/sites/default/files/publications/se/7806/78...

Exploring the Legacy of Magna Carta with Students through Historic Images (Sources and Strategies)

--Stephen Wesson
The two featured portraits of Revolutionary-era writer John Dickinson next to a book titled “Magna Charta,” can launch an enlightening lesson on the thirteenth-century charter´s influence on America´s founding documents.
* http://socialstudies.org/sites/default/files/publications/se/7806/780626...

Mapping Early American History: Beyond What Happened Where

--Andrew J. Milson
The three highlighted early American historical maps will provide students with important insight into the geographical understanding of people in the past and the implications of this limited knowledge.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/sites/default/files/publications/se/7805/78...

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Equal Protection, Immigration, and Education: Plyler v. Doe

--Joseph R. Feinberg, Frans H. Doppen, and Matthew S. Hollstein
This lesson on the Equal Protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment will give students a deeper understanding of the issues framing the current immigration debate.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/sites/default/files/publications/se/7804/78...

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What Constitution Day Means and Why it Matters (Looking at the Law)

--Kathleen Hall Jamieson
Constitution Day offers an opportune time for students to explore the evolution of the founding document and examine its provisions for citizens’ rights and rules of government.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/sites/default/files/publications/se/7804/78...

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