Teaching Guides

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    • Beyond Heroes and Holidays

    • Teaching Guide. Edited by Enid Lee, Deborah Menkart and Margo Okazawa-Rey. 2006. 436 pages.
      Guide for teachers, administrators, and parents shows how to teach from a multicultural perspective that goes beyond the superficial “heroes and holidays” approach.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Reading Levels: Adult
    • The Black Upsurge Against Racial Segregation

    • Teaching Activity. By Tasha Boettcher. 17 pages.
      Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 17 of Voices of a People’s History of the United States on the long Civil Rights Movement in America.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity, Social Class | Reading Levels: High School
    • Bush II and the "War on Terror"

    • Teaching Activity. By Gayle Olson-Raymer. 18 pages.
      Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 24 of Voices of a People’s History of the United States on George W. Bush, the “War on Terror,” Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Patriot Act.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: High School
    • Camouflaged: Investigating How the U.S. Military Affects You and Your Community

    • Teaching Guide. Edited by Edwin Mayorga, Bree Picower, and Seth Rader. 2008. 188 pages.
      Tool for educators to help adolescents explore the role of the military in their lives and in their communities.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
    • Caribbean Connections: Moving North

    • Teaching Guide. Edited by Catherine Sunshine and Keith Warner. 2005. 240 pages.
      Literature and essays about Caribbean life in the United States.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Themes: Immigration, Latino, US Foreign Policy | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • The Carter–Reagan–Bush Consensus

    • Teaching Activity. By Ron Perry. 16 pages.
      Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 21 of Voices of a People’s History of the United States on the recently rising disparities in power, wealth and quality of life in America.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 20th Century | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Social Class, US Foreign Policy | Reading Levels: High School
    • Challenging Bill Clinton

    • Teaching Activity. By Gayle Olson-Raymer. 17 pages.
      Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 23 of Voices of a People’s History of the United States on the Clinton presidency, as well as domestic opposition to his policies.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 20th Century | Themes: US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: High School
    • Civil War and Class Conflict

    • Teaching Activity. By Gayle Olson-Raymer. 16 pages.
      Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 10 of Voices of a People’s History of the United States” on “The Other Civil War—the class conflict fought by the poor in the north and south.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864, 19th Century | Themes: Labor, Social Class | Reading Levels: High School
    • Columbus and Las Casas

    • Teaching Activity. By Gayle Olson-Raymer. 15 pages.
      Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 1 of Voices of a People’s History of the United States on Columbus’ arrival in the “New World,” and the contrasting accounts of Bartolome de Las Casas and Eduardo Galeano.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764 | Themes: Native American | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
    • The Early Women's Movement

    • Teaching Activity. By Gayle Olson-Raymer. 17 pages.
      Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 6 of Voices of a People’s History of the United States on the early women’s movement, including their efforts for social, racial, and political equality.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: 19th Century | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, Women's History | Reading Levels: High School
    • The Expansion of Empire

    • Teaching Activity. By Gayle Olson-Raymer. 15 pages.
      Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 12 of Voices of a People’s History of the United States on internal dissent over American expansionist policies.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864, Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876, Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899, 19th Century | Themes: Imperialism, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: High School
    • The First Slaves

    • Teaching Activity. By Gayle Olson-Raymer. 15 pages.
      Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 2 of Voices of a People’s History of the United States on early American slavery, resistance, and rebellion.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864, 19th Century | Themes: Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery | Reading Levels: High School
    • Freedom’s Unfinished Revolution: An Inquiry Into the Civil War and Reconstruction (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Freedom's Unfinished Revolution: An Inquiry Into the Civil War and Reconstruction

    • Teaching Guide. By American Social History Project with foreword by Eric Foner. 1996. 302 pages.
      Primary documents, essays, and questions to teach the untold story of Reconstruction.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876, 19th Century | Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Racism & Racial Identity, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: High School
    • From the Jazz Age to the Uprisings of the 1930s

    • Teaching Activity. By Gayle Olson-Raymer. 20 pages.
      Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 15 of Voices of a People’s History of the United States on the economic and social realities of the 1920s and 1930s, as well as the corresponding rise of unions and the Communist Party.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, 20th Century | Themes: Labor, Social Class | Reading Levels: High School
    • Half a Revolution

    • Teaching Activity. By Gayle Olson-Raymer. 16 pages.
      Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 5 of Voices of a People’s History of the United States on the Revolutionary War as “a rich man’s war and a poor man’s fight,” as well as the failure of early Americans to complete a full revolution.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: Revolution & Constitution: 1765 - 1799, 18th Century | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, Social Class | Reading Levels: High School
    • Hidden in Plain Sight: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Radical Vision (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Hidden in Plain Sight: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Radical Vision

    • Teaching Activity. By Craig Gordon, Urban Dreams, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project. 2003.
      Lesson to introduce students to the speeches and work of Dr. King beyond “I have a dream.”

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: High School
    • Indian Removal

    • Teaching Activity. By Gayle Olson-Raymer. 18 pages.
      Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 7 of Voices of a People’s History of the United States on the American policy of “Manifest Destiny” and Native American resistance to their own displacement.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864, Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876, Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899, 19th Century | Themes: Imperialism, Native American, Racism & Racial Identity | Reading Levels: High School
    • Just an Environment or a Just Environment?

    • Teaching Activity. By Hyung Kyu Nam. 2003.
      Explores the multiple causes of racial segregation and environmental racism, and helps students understand how institutional racism is perpetuated in the post-Civil Rights era.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: 20th Century | Themes: Racism & Racial Identity | Reading Levels: High School
    • Labor Matters

    • Teaching Activity. By Teaching Tolerance.
      Introduces students to the role of the labor movement in securing contemporary benefits such as the 40-hour work week, the minimum wage, and workplace safety regulations.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909, World War I: 1910 - 1919, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, 20th Century | Themes: Labor, Laws & Citizen Rights, Organizing | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Lessons from Freedom Summer: Ordinary People Building Extraordinary Movements

    • Teaching Guide. Edited by Kathy Emery, Linda Reid Gold and Sylvia Braselmann. Foreword by Howard Zinn. 2008. 456 pages.
      Readings and lessons on the 1964 Mississippi Summer Project.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Education, Organizing | Reading Levels: High School
    • The Line Between Us: Teaching About the Border and Mexican Immigration

    • Teaching Guide. By Bill Bigelow. 2006. 160 pages.
      Lessons for teaching about the history of U.S.–Mexico relations and current border and immigration issues. Published by Rethinking Schools.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, 19th Century, 20th Century | Themes: Immigration, Latino, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: High School
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