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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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Was the internment of Japanese Americans an abuse of power by FDR or an essential act to protect America?

This lesson is designed for a high school level United States History Class but can be modified for a middle level classroom as well. This lesson combines partner/group work with an individual assignment. The students will be examining both primary and secondary sources in this lesson.

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Presidential Speed Dating

This lesson will give students the opportunity to hear from other presidents and think about how their character/president might relate to them. It gives the students an opportunity to become a certain president – to look at presidents in a slightly different manner.
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SWOT Analysis of the End of Military Reconstruction

Students will use the SWOT method (Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) to synthesize knowledge about the end of Reconstruction.
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Timeline of Civil Rights through American History

Students will be able to identify a few relevant Civil Rights issues AND how the president of that era confronted/handled/resolved the issue, along with causes/effects; then students will reveal how many issues of the past affect their own lives today and explain how.

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Presidential Power

Student will rank the Presidential powers from most important to least important.
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Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and War Powers Act

An examination of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, its intent and impact, its ultimate repeal and its relationship to the War Powers Resolution.
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Truman’s Desegregation of the Armed Services and Executive Order 9981

The students will read background material on civil rights movement relating to the armed services. They will analyze and discuss Executive Order 9981 and learn how the blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodward affected President Truman. After reading and class discussion, the students will express their thoughts in a writing activity.
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