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1920s Lesson Plan

The students will be expected to compare and contrast the life styles of various groups of 1920s people with the same groups of those groups in the present time.
Author: Smith, Susan
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1920s Newspaper

Putting together a 1920s newspaper as a group - each student will contribute an individual articles.
Author: Chism, Whitney
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1948 - Berlin Airlift

Students will analyze primary sources, participate in class discussion, and complete an individual writing assignment to understand the human impact of the Berlin Airlift.
Author: Welch, Erin
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1948 Election

Students will work with the party platforms for the four major parties participating in the Election of 1948 (Democratic, Republican, States' Rights Democratic, and Progressive parties).
Author: Schrag, Valerie
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1948 Election Strategy

Using cooperative learning small groups will analyze and summarize key aspects of the Clifford-Rowe Memorandum.
Author: Hoduski, Mark
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1948 Election: Rockwell Painting

Assignment is both individual and cooperative. Students will use the Norman Rockwell Post cover "Family Squabble". Students will work in pairs to analyze the painting using the attached worksheet.
Author: Haywood, Diane
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1948 Timeline

For this project the students will create a timeline for the year highlighting events in national and international, art, literature, entertainment, music, science, inventions, sports, fashion, and economics.
Author: Lawler, Carol Ann
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1950 Congressional Election

Students will analyze results of the 1950 congressional elections to determine how/why the Democrats lost enough seats to cause President Truman to lose a working majority in Congress.
Author: Mulligan, David
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1953 CIA Coup in Iran

Students will use primary and secondary sources to learn about the Iranian revolution and the involvement of the U.S. government.
Author: Gray, Molly
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A Best Laid Plan Derailed. Modern Supreme Court interpretation of the Need for the Voting Rights Act

Supreme Court rulings in the Shaw v. Reno (1995) and the Shelby County vs. Holder (2013) cases relied heavily on the reasoning behind the passage of the Voting Rights Act (1965). Students in AP Gov’t and Politics are required to know both cases as part of the cannon of cases and the precedents set as part of the course standards.

Author: Vinson, Heather
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A Chronology of Terrorism

This will introduce units on Modern Terrorism. It will also help increase their awareness, foster collaboration, and practice the skill of chronology.
Author: Sutter, Kate
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A Family Perspective: Letters from Harry to Bess Truman

After an examination and reading of letters from President Harry S. Truman to his wife, Bess, students will be able to come to a consensus as to the true feelings President Harry S. Truman had regarding specific Cold War events such as the Marshall Plan.
Author: McClain, Jesse
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A look at the US and USSR foreign policy in 1947

Group activity. Students in class use primary sources like Truman Doctrine speech, Marshall plan, and Iron Curtain speech to discuss foreign policy from US/USSR perspectives at the time of the Cold War.
Author: Hendon, Matt
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A Slice of Life: A Look at the Soldier and his Family During the Civil War

Students will analyze letters, audio, and art to learn about soldiers in the Civil War.
Author: Wilson, Mary Ann
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A Soldier's Story

Individual capstone project for a unit on World War I. Students use primary sources to develop insight into the personal side of the Great War. Students will use archive based research to create a story about one particular soldier.
Author: Barcroft, Mary
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A Time for Greatness: Tone Analysis of Kennedy Presidential Campaign Speeches

This unit will use primary documents to provide practice in close reading, in identifying tone, and in applying tone recognition to an analysis of nuance in content.
Author: Algaier, Chas
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Aerial Photography

Students will compare an aerial photograph from WWI to a current Google.com satellite map and a street map of the current area.
Author: Sutter, Kate
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African American Experience in France

Students will read a variety of materials from articles on the topic to a letter home from an African American Soldier about his time in France.
Author: Peuster, Brad
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African American Women in the Military during WWII

To assist students in developing analytical skills that will enable them to evaluate primary documents and images such as photographs, political cartoons and posters related to African American women during World War II.
Author: Young, Michael
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African Americans in World War I

Students will work together to analyze primary resources about African Americans in the Great War.
Author: Rains, Keith
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African Americans in World War I

The lesson incorporates an online exhibition from the National World War I Museum with primary and secondary sources regarding the African American experience in World War I.
Author: Schrag, Valerie
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America's Entry into Korean War

Students will research and construct timeline of American involvement in the Korean War as well as use historical maps to identify communist and non communist countries
Author: Harmon, Kevin
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America's Role In The World...Truman Leads The Way To The Present AND Future

Students will be involved in drawing evaluative conclusions about our U.S. role in the world today and into the future based upon the direction provide by President Harry S. Truman beginning in 1945.
Author: Gallagher, Tim
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American Intervention in Russia 1918-1920

Students will use computer technology to analyze Internet websites containing primary and secondary sources that contain a variety of documents related to U.S. intervention in Russia from 1918-20.
Author: Young, Michael
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American Propaganda in the Great War

Students will analyze American propaganda posters from World War I.
Author: Mulligan, David
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American Revolution vs. Arab Spring: Teaching with Primary and Secondary Source Documents

Students will research American Revolution and Arab Spring and compare and contrast the events to better understand both in terms of political, economic and social implications. The activity will utilize a wide range of sources and students will also learn how to analyze primary and secondary source documents.
Author: Peck, Brad
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An afternoon with Mary Todd Lincoln

Using Mrs. Lincoln to give a sense of the Civil War era
Author: Eastman, Lisa
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An Uphill Battle: Fighting Injustice on the Home Front During WWI

Students will rotate through four learning centers where they will read primary and secondary sources about injustices during World War I.
Author: Griffin, Darren
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Analysis of Popular Culture

Activities that help students think and work like historians
Author: Schirmer, Sherry
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Analysis of Popular Culture Part Two

Activities that help students think and work like historians
Author: Schirmer, Sherry
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Analyzing a Political Comic Book Prepared for the 1948 Campaign

Students analyze a biographical comic book summarizing President Harry S. Truman's life prepared by the Democratic Party.
Author: Adams, Mark
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Analyzing American Aid in the Face of Fear

Students will participate in a group analysis and comparison of political cartoons from the post World War II debate over the Marshall Plan as well as the current American conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Author: Biggs, Stephanie
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Analyzing Congressional Passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act

To help students understand that while political party affiliation often has a profound impact upon Congressional voting, geographic considerations especially during the antebellum era can have an even bigger impact.
Author: Kerr, John
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Analyzing George Caleb Bingham Order No. 11

Students will use George Caleb Bingham's Order No. 11 painting to analyze varying viewpoints during the "Bleeding Kansas" conflict.
Author: Garvey, Erin
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Analyzing Primary Sources

Primary source discovery and analysis
Author: Adams, Mark
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Analyzing the Decision to Drop the Bomb

This lesson uses the jigsaw method of cooperative learning to determine how President Truman felt about dropping the Atomic Bomb on Japan.
Author: Whipple, Susan
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Analyzing the Marshall Plan Speech

For homework, each student will be given a transcript of the speech given by George Marshall at Harvard University on June 5, 1947, and a list of 11 questions (added to the bottom of this form) to answer concerning the speech.
Author: Kerr, John
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Analyzing Wilson's Address to Congress Requesting a Declaration of War with Germany

Student will analyze Wilson's Address to Congress Requesting a Declaration of War with Germany.
Author: Kerr, John
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Andrew and Martin: A Decade Apart, Yet Little has Changed

Students will compare past and present examples of child segregation faced by two African-Americans. One is a recollection of an account by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This account occurred in 1935 when Dr. King was six-year-old. The second account takes place in the present, shared by Andrew S. Evans. This account occurred in 1949 when Evan is eleven-year-old.
Author: Schwab, Julie
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Appreciate the Jazz Age

Activities to help students gain a more distinct knowledge of the Jazz Movement of the 1920s.
Author: Gorman, Kevin
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Arab-Israeli Conflict

Students will make predictions on the recognition of Israel by President Truman and compare it to what actually occurred. Students will research the views of the Israelis and Palestinians on five different issues with a partner and each student will present their research.
Author: Murphy, Maureen
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Atomic Bomb

Point/counterpoint on President Truman
Author: Scott, Joshua
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Atomic Bomb-Truman Press Release-August 6, 1945

Document analysis activity focused on the press release from President Truman on August 6, 1945 following the dropping of the atomic bomb.
Author: Adams, Mark
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Atomic Bomb: Truman Press Release, August 6, 1945

Students will examine motives for dropping the atomic bomb and then evaluate the decisions made.
Author: Adams, Mark
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Atrocities on Trial

Students will determine which war crime trials were the most heinous during World War II and use evidence to build a case to convict the guilty.
Author: Frieling, Derek
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Baseball Goes to War, 1941-1945

Allow students an opportunity to go back to America's WWII Home Front to examine various morale boosters in general ( radio, movies, etc. ), but particularly Major League Baseball.
Author: Mulligan, David
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Berlin Airlift

The student will complete a project creating a PhotoStory describing an event of the Berlin Airlift. They may concentrate on the personalities of the airlift, the German people, the Soviet response to the post-war world, etc.
Author: Wilson, Mary Ann
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Berlin Airlift

Students will be able to understand the purposes and outcomes of the Berlin Airlift, the Berlin blockade as a response to the growing Cold War and as the first battle of the Cold War.
Author: Turner, Amy
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Berlin Airlift

After a short PowerPoint introducing the Berlin Blockade, the students will participate in a cooperative learning activity emphasizing the study of primary sources to increase understanding of Truman's decision to continue the Berlin Airlift.
Author: Sowers, Janell
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Berlin Airlift

The Berlin Airlift was a significant factor in the future of the Cold War. This activity will be used in class as a bridge to the Cold War era, helping students to understand East and West Berlin.
Author: Muller, Nancy H.
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