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LIVE! from History: The March to Yorktown
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Yorktown, Virginia was the location for the American and French army's most significant victory of the Revolution on October 19th, 1781. This victory, led by General George Washington, would set the United States on the path to independence. Join General Washington and General Lafayette as they discuss the campaign of 1781 and the siege of Yorktown.

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Social Science
Social Studies
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Colonial Williamsburg
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09/13/2022
A Lesson Plan for Independence Day, the Fourth of July
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Independence Day, commonly referred to as the Fourth of July, is a time to remember and appreciate our heritage of a democratic form of government and to reflect on our country's fundamental principles. The following lesson for high school students and youth groups is designed to respond to Jefferson's call to "educate...the whole mass of the people" and Mason's call to refer to fundamental principles. It concludes with an opportunity to add one's signature to those of the Founders of this nation who signed the original documents. We hope you have a pleasant Fourth of July and find this lesson plan useful with your students.

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Social Science
Social Studies
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Provider:
Center for Civic Education
Date Added:
09/12/2022
Limiting Child Labor: Providing for the General Welfare
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How does Congress gather information, and how does it use that information to create legislation? How can this research impact the lives of Americans in both the short and long term? How can a bill that has been deemed unconstitutional still inform future legislation?

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English Language Arts
History
Social Science
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Lesson Plan
Provider:
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Date Added:
08/11/2022
A Nation at Risk: Responsibility and the National Commission on Excellence in Education
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In this lesson, students will learn about the 1983 report by the National Commission on Excellence in Education and the succeeding efforts at responsible education reform in America. They will also determine ways they can be responsible.

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Social Science
Social Studies
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Lesson Plan
Provider:
Bill of Rights Institute
Date Added:
09/12/2022
Opinions About Independence - Part 1
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Hear from some modern historic interpreters at Colonial Williamsburg about what they would have done if they had lived in the 18th century – would they have been for or against independence or undecided? And why? Their answers may surprise you!

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Social Science
Social Studies
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Colonial Williamsburg
Date Added:
09/13/2022
Opinions About Independence - Part 2
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Hear from some modern historic interpreters at Colonial Williamsburg about what they would have done if they had lived in the 18th century – would they have been for or against independence or undecided? And why? Their answers may surprise you!

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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
The Papers of George Washington
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Once his political career had ended, George Washington made a deliberate effort to organize and preserve his personal papers. He had the incredible foresight to know that his life and career influenced the appeal of the documents, and that they would become the foundation for much knowledge about the Revolutionary period and first presidency. At one point he even considered building a library to house them. Unfortunately, Washington died in 1799 before the grand library could be constructed.

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History
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Reading
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ConstitutionFacts.com
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01/03/2023
The Papers of James Madison
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Unlike the large amount of documentation surviving George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, relatively few papers exist to grant insight into James Madison's personal life. Madison didn't attempt to keep many of these private documents, and whether from humility or another unknown reason, he didn't think they would be of any importance to history. The few scattered documents which remained survived through the efforts of family and collectors.

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History
Social Science
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Reading
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ConstitutionFacts.com
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01/03/2023
The Papers of Thomas Jefferson
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Thomas Jefferson was one of the most prolific authors in United States Constitutional History, and his works both public and private have been preserved through the efforts of countless historical societies throughout the country. Most famously through these sources: Library of Congress and
Monticello.

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History
Social Science
Social Studies
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Reading
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ConstitutionFacts.com
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01/03/2023
A Pox to You! Cotton Mather, the Inoculation Crisis, and Purpose
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In this lesson, students will learn about the work and life of Cotton Mather and how it was shaped by his purpose. They will explore how his actions and his identity helped him achieve a great advancement for modern medicine and through his example, learn how they can pursue their own purpose for the greater good of mankind.

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Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Bill of Rights Institute
Date Added:
09/12/2022
Presidential Involvement in the Supreme Court
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In the United States, a system of checks and balances exists to ensure that no branch of government becomes too powerful. In relation to the Supreme Court (the judicial branch) one of these instituted "checks" is that the executive branch, the President, appoints the Supreme Court Justices, who are in turn confirmed, or rejected, by the Senate (the legislative branch).

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History
Social Science
Social Studies
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Reading
Provider:
ConstitutionFacts.com
Date Added:
01/03/2023
Proposed Amendments
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One of the enduring features of our Constitution is its flexibility. At the time of its ratification, the population of the United States was around 4 million and today that population exceeds 332 million. Since its adoption the Constitution has only changed 27 times! Actually, since 1791 (with the inclusion of the Bill of Rights) it has only changed 16 times. That is an amazing fact considering the changes in technology, infrastructure, population, etc. in this country in more than 200 years.

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History
Social Science
Social Studies
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Reading
Provider:
ConstitutionFacts.com
Date Added:
01/03/2023
Remembering 9/11: Building Tolerance
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These lessons asks students to look not just at the events of 9/11 but at the following days and years. The lessons involve students in exploring the parts of a newspaper, the functions of a news article, and the importance of a free press in a democratic society. Classroom activities prompt students to discuss the need for and role of heroes. Students learn how to identify unifying factors in a diverse society, distinguish between fact and opinion, examine different points of view, analyze legal issues that have arisen as a result of the terrorist attacks, and much more. Lesson four, Todayâ"s Hero, also includes activities for grades K–4.

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Social Science
Social Studies
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Lesson Plan
Provider:
Center for Civic Education
Date Added:
09/12/2022
The Return of the Cherokee
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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: Each year, Colonial Williamsburg hosts Return of the Cherokee. This special event draws hundreds to observe Cherokee culture as it was in the 18th century when members would come to Williamsburg for trade, diplomacy, or even education. Buck Woodard with Colonial Williamsburg’s American Indian Initiative joins to explain some of the exciting updates to this year’s event.

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Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Colonial Williamsburg
Date Added:
09/13/2022
A Self-Made Man: The Story of Thurgood Marshall
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In this lesson, students will explore the life of Thurgood Marshall and follow the development of his identity. Through his example, students will understand how they can develop and refine their identity in their own lives and, through this refinement, help advance freedom for themselves and others.

Subject:
Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Bill of Rights Institute
Date Added:
09/12/2022