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In what ways did the atomic bomb change the world?

Students will look at how the atomic bomb changed the world politically, socially, technologically and economically.
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“James K Polk Who?” An introduction

This activity includes whole group instruction, small group instruction and individual instruction. The instructor should prepare the pacing and depth of conversation based on the level of the students in the class.
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The Potsdam Conference, 1945

Students will participate in a simulation of the Potsdam Conference between the United States, the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union.
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Interpreting Norman Rockwell’s Painting Concerning the 1948 Presidential Election

Group discussion of Norman Rockwell’s painting from the October 30, 1948 cover of the Saturday Evening Post.
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Bad Speeches

Students will analyze notable bad speeches from political figures. Students will then take on the role of speech editor to rewrite or edit the speech to make it successful.

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Communicating the Presidency: The Media and Public Opinion

Assignment is both individual and cooperative integrating media and visual literacy
into social studies core content using primary sources - Presidential photographs. Abraham
Lincoln, our 16th president, and an early adopter of his era’s newest technology (photography),
has a lot in common with today’s Instagram and TikTok stars. Recognizing the camera's power,
Abraham Lincoln made extensive use of photographs during his presidency. He often sat for the
leading photographers of the day, allowing them to distribute his image widely. Lincoln was the
first president to take full advantage of photography, both as a campaign tool and to craft a
desirable public persona.
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According to Abe

The purpose of this lesson is for the students to realize that though Lincoln was faced with numerous
challenges throughout his presidency his goals remained steadfast and his convictions firm, as is clearly
evidenced by his speeches.
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James Buchanan and the Lecompton Constitution

Students will study how James Buchanan’s decisions regarding the Lecompton Constitution impacted Kansas Territory and the United States.

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The Whistle Stop Tour, The Electoral College, and Demographics

Students will complete a set of analytical questions (on paper or electronically) while using primary and secondary map resources individually, pair-share, and then discuss as a class/group as a formative assessment or review tool over the Electoral College and demographics.
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The Iran Hostage Crisis Simulation

The student will: be able to analyze how foreign policy decisions are reached and how global events impact U.S. Presidential administrations
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