Democracy & Citizenship

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    • The Cherokee/Seminole Removal Role Play (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • The Cherokee/Seminole Removal Role Play

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 10 pages.
      Role play on the Cherokee-Seminole removal or Trail of Tears.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, 19th Century | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Native American, Racism & Racial Identity | Reading Levels: High School
    • The Draft Riot Mystery

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 9 pages.
      Students are invited to solve a mystery, using historical clues, about the real story of the Draft Riots.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864, 19th Century | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Immigration, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery, Social Class, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: High School
    • ‘If There Is No Struggle...’: Teaching a People’s History of the Abolition Movement

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 16 pages.
      In this role play, students become members of the American Anti-Slavery Society, facing many of the real challenges to ending slavery.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864, 19th Century | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery | Reading Levels: Adult, Grades 6-8, High School
    • Learning About the Unfairgrounds: A 4th-Grade Teacher Introduces Her Students to Executive Order 9066 (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Learning About the Unfairgrounds: A 4th-Grade Teacher Introduces Her Students to Executive Order 9066

    • Teaching Activity. By Katie Baydo-Reed. 10 pages.
      Students hold a “tea party” and a mock trial in preparation for reading literature about internment.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, 20th Century | Themes: Asian American, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements |
    • A Lesson on the Japanese American Internment (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • A Lesson on the Japanese American Internment

    • Teaching Activity. By Mark Sweeting. 4 pages.
      How one teacher engaged his students in a critical examination of the language used in textbooks to describe the internment.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, 20th Century | Themes: Asian American, Democracy & Citizenship, Education, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: High School
    • One Country! One Language! One Flag! (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • One Country! One Language! One Flag!

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 3 pages.
      Discussion questions and teaching ideas for examining the history of the Pledge of Allegiance and the political milieu in which it was written.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909, 20th Century | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Education, Immigration | Reading Levels: High School
    • The Other Internment: Teaching the Hidden Story of Japanese Latin Americans During WWII (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • The Other Internment: Teaching the Hidden Story of Japanese Latin Americans During WWII

    • Teaching Activity. By Moé Yonamine. 18 pages.
      Poetry, photography, and text are used in this role play to teach about the seldom told history of Japanese Latin American internment during WWII.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, 20th Century | Themes: Asian American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Immigration, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: High School
    • Reconstructing the South: A Role Play

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 17 pages.
      This role play engages students in thinking about what freedpeople needed in order to achieve—and sustain—real freedom following the Civil War. It’s followed by a chapter from the book Freedom’s Unfinished Revolution on what would happen to the land in the South after slavery ended.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876, 19th Century | Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery | Reading Levels: High School
    • Rethinking the U.S. Constitutional Convention: A Role Play (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Rethinking the U.S. Constitutional Convention: A Role Play

    • Teaching Activity. By Bob Peterson. 14 pages.
      A role play on the Constitutional Convention which brings to life the social forces active during and immediately following the American Revolution with focus on two key topics: suffrage and slavery. An elementary school adaptation of the Constitution Role Play by Bill Bigelow. Roles available in Spanish.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Revolution & Constitution: 1765 - 1799, 18th Century | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, Native American, Slavery, Women's History | Reading Levels: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8
    • Rethinking What We Know About the Vietnam War (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Rethinking What We Know About the Vietnam War

    • Teaching Activity. Zinn Education Project. 2010. 21 pages.
      Two lessons to introduce key facts about the Vietnam War and the Pentagon Papers, documents that provide essential history that is often ignored by textbooks.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 20th Century | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Imperialism, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: High School
    • Seneca Falls, 1848: Women Organize for Equality

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 17 pages.
      A role play allows students to examine issues of race and class when exploring both the accomplishments and limitations of the Seneca Falls Convention.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, 19th Century | Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, Organizing, Women's History | Reading Levels: High School
    • Stepping into Selma: Voting Rights History and Legacy Today (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Stepping into Selma: Voting Rights History and Legacy Today

    • Teaching Activity. Teaching for Change. 2015. 20 pages.
      Introductory lesson on key people and events in the long history of the Selma freedom movement.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Organizing, Social Class | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • A War to Free the Slaves? (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • A War to Free the Slaves?

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 7 pages.
      Students examine excerpts from Lincoln’s first inaugural address, the rarely mentioned original Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution that Lincoln promised to support, and the Emancipation Proclamation to explore some of the myths about the Civil War.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864, 19th Century | Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery | Reading Levels: High School
    • What Rights Do We Have?

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow and Norm Diamond. 7 pages.
      This lesson teaches some of the nuts and bolts of labor unions and then moves beyond to ask students to consider what rights they have at work, and to recognize that “rights” depend in large part on what people have fought for and won.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Labor, Laws & Citizen Rights, Organizing | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Who Makes History?

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow and Norm Diamond. 3 pages.
      This lesson introduces students to Bertolt Brecht’s poem, A Worker Reads History. Students reflect on the creative role of workers in making history.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Labor, Social Class | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Witness to Apartheid: A Teaching Guide

    • Teaching Guide. By Bill Bigelow. 1987. 24 pages.
      Lessons and activities that accompany the 1986 film Witness to Apartheid.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 20th Century | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Racism & Racial Identity, World History/Global Studies | 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Losing Control in the 1970s

    • Teaching Activity. By Jennifer Rosebrook. 16 pages.
      Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 20 of Voices of a People’s History of the United States on the legacy of scandal since the end of the Vietnam War and the Watergate break-in.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: High School
    • Preparing the Revolution

    • Teaching Activity. By Gayle Olson-Raymer. 15 pages.
      Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 4 of Voices of a People’s History of the United States on class differences and internal dissent before and during the Revolutionary War.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Social Class | Reading Levels: High School
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