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"Father" of Our Country v. "Father" of the Bill of Rights
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This lesson addresses two essential questions: To what extent does the Bill of Rights provide a "blanket of protection" for American citizens? Why do many Americans believe that the Bill of Rights is especially relevant today?

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History
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Date Added:
05/10/2024
Founding Feuds
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Since 2005, the "Past and Present" podcast from Colonial Williamsburg has taken you behind the scenes to meet interpreters, chefs, tradesmen, musicians, historians, curators, and more. We offer two versions of our podcast: one that's audio-only and one that includes a slideshow. In this episode, Paul Aron, Director of Publications for Colonial Williamsburg, joins to discuss his new book Founding Feuds: The Rivalries, Clashes, and Conflicts that Forged a Nation.” In this podcast, Paul delves into some of the most infamous feuds of the 18th and 19th centuries that included some very famous names such as Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton.

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Social Science
Social Studies
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Activity/Lab
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Colonial Williamsburg
Date Added:
09/13/2022
Freedom and Equality: American Principles at Odds?
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This lesson will use close reading of documentary selections and class discussion to analyze the concepts of “freedom” and “equality” as they have appeared and been tested throughout American history. By the conclusion of this lesson, students should be able to view these ideas as contested concepts that can and often do exist in tension. Students will assess whether or not “equality” comes at the expense of “freedom” and vice versa.

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History
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ConSource
Date Added:
05/10/2024
The George Washington Seal
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Since 2005, the "Past and Present" podcast from Colonial Williamsburg has taken you behind the scenes to meet interpreters, chefs, tradesmen, musicians, historians, curators, and more. We offer two versions of our podcast: one that's audio-only and one that includes a slideshow. In this episode: A pocket-sized ornament gives monumental insight into the private life of America’s best-known General: George Washington.

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Social Science
Social Studies
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Colonial Williamsburg
Date Added:
09/13/2022
George Washington on Veteran’s Day
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Since 2005, the "Past and Present" podcast from Colonial Williamsburg has taken you behind the scenes to meet interpreters, chefs, tradesmen, musicians, historians, curators, and more. We offer two versions of our podcast: one that's audio-only and one that includes a slideshow. In this episode, as Veterans Day approaches, the venerated Virginian veteran himself, Gen. George Washington, discusses his military past and how he believes veterans should be honored today.

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Social Science
Social Studies
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Activity/Lab
Simulation
Provider:
Colonial Williamsburg
Date Added:
09/13/2022
George Washington's Farewell Address 1796
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One of the most significant documents in Constitutional History, George Washington's Farewell Address, is a letter written by the first American President, George Washington, with the help of Alexander Hamilton, to "The People of the United States." Washington wrote the letter near the end of his second term as President.

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History
Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
ConstitutionFacts.com
Date Added:
01/03/2023
Give and Take to Create a Constitution
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The purpose of this lesson is to engage students in a discussion of the Constitutional Convention. Students will explore the key disputes that arose during the Convention, including how power would be divided between the federal and state governments and the various branches of government. Furthermore, students with understand the importance of compromise during the Constitutional Convention. They will synthesize various sources explored debate and compromise and the Convention to understand the idea of civic discourse--discussion rooted in mutual respect for differences and a desire for understanding--in the United States.

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History
Social Science
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ConSource
Date Added:
05/10/2024
History Moments: Why Did We Need a Bill of Rights?
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Thomas Jefferson explains the importance of the Bill of Rights.
Colonial Williamsburg's Center for Teaching, Learning, and Leadership provides American history and civics materials nationwide. For more great videos, lesson plans, interactive games and more, create a free account on the Colonial Williamsburg Education Resource Library: resourcelibrary.history.org.

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Social Science
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Activity/Lab
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Colonial Williamsburg
Date Added:
09/13/2022
The History of Constitution Day
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Citizens of the United States have celebrated Independence Day and Presidents' Day since the 1870s, and in 2005, the nation began to celebrate Constitution Day. Also know as Citizenship Day, Constitution Day is an American holiday honoring the day 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the United States Constitution. This historic date was September 17, 1787.

Subject:
History
Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
ConstitutionFacts.com
Date Added:
01/03/2023
Homes of the Founding Fathers
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When the Founding Fathers weren't out fighting wars, drafting important documents like the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, or helping to found a country, they were at home with their families and businesses. Here are the places the Founding Fathers called "home," and some interesting facts about each man's personal estate.

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History
Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
ConstitutionFacts.com
Date Added:
01/03/2023
How Jourdon Anderson Understood Justice
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This lesson addresses the virtue of justice, which requires that rules are applied and enforced equally for everyone. Students will analyze the virtue of justice by evaluating a letter from Jourdon Anderson to his former slave owner. They will consider how Jourdon received justice for himself and for his family and how they can seek justice on behalf of themselves and other people.

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Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Bill of Rights Institute
Date Added:
09/12/2022
How We Elect a President: The Electoral College (Grades 7–9)
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This lesson on the Electoral College is part of Gilder Lehrman’s series of Common Core State Standards–based teaching resources. These resources were written to enable students to understand, summarize, and analyze original texts and secondary sources of historical significance. Students will demonstrate this knowledge by answering questions that seek to measure their conceptual understanding of the topic as well as engaging them in thoughtful discussions. Students are required to express themselves in writing. Students are asked to not only explain, but make fact-based arguments based on textual evidence.

Subject:
History
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Date Added:
05/10/2024
The Independence of the States
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David Armitage, Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History at Harvard University, briefly explores some less obvious aspects of the Declaration of Independence, while also pointing to some of the later declarations heavily influenced by the American document.

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History
Social Science
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Date Added:
05/10/2024
James Madison, Father of the U.S. Constitution
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In May, 1787 the 55 Delegates to the United States Constitutional Convention set off to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Traveling in the late 18th century wasn't easy, and what would take modern Americans just hours took the Founding Fathers weeks. The Delegates from New Hampshire were particularly unlucky, and wouldn't arrive at the Convention until the middle of July, after it had already been in session for two months!

Subject:
History
Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
ConstitutionFacts.com
Date Added:
01/03/2023