US Foreign Policy

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    • ANPO: Art X War: A Film Tackles the U.S. Occupation of Japan

    • Teaching Activity. By Moé Yonamine. From Rethinking Schools. 11 pages.
      Film review of ANPO: Art X War, a documentary about visual resistance to U.S. military bases in Japan by Japan’s foremost contemporary artists, and several accompanying teaching activities.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Themes: Art & Music, US Foreign Policy, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: High School
    • Greed as a Weapon: Teaching the Other Iraq War (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Greed as a Weapon: Teaching the Other Iraq War

    • Teaching Activity. By Adam Sanchez. 14 pages.
      A role play investigating the economic consequences of the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Economics, Imperialism, US Foreign Policy, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Haiku and Hiroshima: Teaching About the Atomic Bomb
    • Haiku and Hiroshima: Teaching About the Atomic Bomb

    • Teaching Activity. By Wayne Au. 3 pages.
      Lesson for high school students on the bombing of Hiroshima using the film Barefoot Gen and haiku.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, Cold War: 1945 - 1960, 20th Century | Themes: Language Arts, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • History Textbooks: “Theirs” and “Ours”: A Rebellion or a War of Independence? (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • History Textbooks: “Theirs” and “Ours”: A Rebellion or a War of Independence?

    • Teaching Activity. By John DeRose. 4 pages.
      Analysis of textbook passages from different countries, videos and books are used to explore different perspectives about the same event in history, i.e. “Philippine-American War” vs. “War of Philippine Independence.”

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909, 20th Century | Themes: Imperialism, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: High School
    • Inside the Volcano: A Curriculum on Nicaragua

    • Teaching Guide. Edited by Bill Bigelow and Jeff Edmundson. 1990. 130 pages.
      Fourteen interactive lessons on the history of Nicaragua.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 20th Century | Themes: US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies | 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
    • Rethinking the Teaching of the Vietnam War (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Rethinking the Teaching of the Vietnam War

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 8 pages.
      A role play on the history of the Vietnam War that is left out of traditional textbooks.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: Imperialism, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: High School
    • 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
    • A Revolution of Values (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • A Revolution of Values

    • Teaching Activity. By Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 3 pages.
      Text of speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Vietnam War, followed by three teaching ideas.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Imperialism, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Tè Tremblé: An Unnatural Disaster: A Trial Role Play Probes the Roots of Devastation in Haiti (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Tè Tremblé: An Unnatural Disaster: A Trial Role Play Probes the Roots of Devastation in Haiti

    • Teaching Activity. By Adam Sanchez. 12 pages.
      A trial role play asks students to question the role played by the U.S. government and other international actors in the 2010 earthquake.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Imperialism, US Foreign Policy, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Teaching the Vietnam War: Beyond the Headlines (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Teaching the Vietnam War: Beyond the Headlines

    • Teaching Activity. By the Zinn Education Project. 100 pages.
      Eight lessons about the Vietnam War, Daniel Ellsberg, the Pentagon Papers, and whistleblowing.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: Media, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • U.S. Mexico War: "We Take Nothing by Conquest, Thank God"

    • Teaching Activity. Lesson by Bill Bigelow and student reading by Howard Zinn. 21 pages.
      Interactive activity introduces students to the history and often untold story of the U.S.-Mexico War. Roles available in Spanish.

    • Resource Types: Spanish/Bilingual, Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, 19th Century | Themes: Imperialism, Latino, Slavery, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • What the Tour Guide Didn’t Tell Me: Tourism, Colonialism, and Resistance in Hawai’i (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • What the Tour Guide Didn't Tell Me: Tourism, Colonialism, and Resistance in Hawai'i

    • Teaching Activity. By Wayne Wah Kwai Au. 5 pages.
      Lesson on the history of Hawai’i and the impact of colonization and tourism.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909, 20th Century | Themes: Asian American, Imperialism, Pacific Islander, Racism & Racial Identity, US Foreign Policy | Reading Levels: High School
    • What War Looks Like (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • What War Looks Like

    • Teaching Activity. By Howard Zinn. 2002. 4 pages.
      Background reading for teachers and high school students on the impact of war.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: All US History | Themes: Imperialism, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: High School
    • Whose “Terrorism”? (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Whose "Terrorism"?

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 11 pages.
      Using scenarios based on real situations, this lesson helps middle and high school students examine the definition of terrorism and the use of the term terrorism in the media and U.S. foreign policy.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Panama, the 1991 Gulf War, and the War at Home

    • Teaching Activity. By Robert Standish. 15 pages.
      Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 22 of Voices of a People’s History of the United States on Panama, the 1991 Gulf War, and the War on the Poor in the United States.

    • 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
    • Rediscovering America / Redescubriendo America

    • Teaching Guide. Edited by Gioconda Belli, et al. 1992. 104 pages.
      Bilingual collection of short stories, essays, poetry, folktales, and songs on conquest and resistance from Latin America and the Caribbean.

    • Resource Types: Spanish/Bilingual, Teaching Guides | Themes: Imperialism, Language Arts, Latino, Native American, Racism & Racial Identity, US Foreign Policy, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades Pre-K-2, High School
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