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The Creek War of 1813-1814: What Would You Do?
Grades 3–5:
 
Lesson Plan/Teaching Strategy
Source: David Mathews Center for Civic Life
Seventh Generation
Grades 9–12:
 
Lesson Plan
Source: High Resolves
Part of a Community Online
Grades K–2:
 
Lesson Plan
Source: Learning for Justice
America Transformed: Native Viewpoints on 19th Century Westward Expansion
Grades 9–12:
 
Resource Collection
Source: Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center
Bending Lines: Maps and Data from Distortion to Deception
Grades 6–8:
 
Lesson Plan/Resource Collection
Source: Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center
Exploring Personal Identity
Grades 3–5:
 
Lesson Plan
Source: Autry Museum of the American West
Dawnland Teacher's Guide
Grades 9–12:
 
Unit Plan
Source: Upstander Project
Haudenosaunee Guide for Educators
Grades 3–5:
 
Unit Plan/Resource Collection/Teacher Resource
Source: Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Honoring Original Indigenous Inhabitants: Land Acknowledgement
Grades K–2:
 
Resource Collection/Teacher Resource
Source: Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Early Encounters in Native New York: Did Native People Really Sell Manhattan?
Grades 3–5:
 
Lesson Plan
Source: Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Native Life and Food: Food is More than What We Eat
Grades K–2:
 
Resource Collection/Teacher Resource
Source: Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Today's Vote in the Classroom
Grades 9–12:
 
Resource Collection
Source: The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate
American Indians in a Changing World
Grades 3–5:
 
Unit Plan/Lesson Plan
Source: The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Westward Migration
Grades 3–5:
 
Unit Plan/Lesson Plan
Source: The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Pocahontas
Grades 3–5:
 
Lesson Plan
Source: Stanford History Education Group
The Gold Rush and San Francisco
Grades 3–5:
 
Lesson Plan
Source: Stanford History Education Group
Tackling Climate Change After the Pandemic: Opportunity or Obstacle?
Grades 9–12:
 
Lesson Plan
Source: Model Diplomacy
Oregon Boundary Dispute in 1845
Grades 6–8:
 
Lesson Plan
Source: Model Diplomacy
Battle of Little Bighorn
Grades 9–12:
 
Lesson Plan
Source: Stanford History Education Group
Hurricane Katrina
Grades 9–12:
 
Lesson Plan
Source: Stanford History Education Group
Annexation of Hawaii
Grades 6–8:
 
Lesson Plan
Source: Stanford History Education Group
Westward Expansion: Primary Source Set
Grades 6–8:
 
Resource Collection
Source: The Library of Congress
Hudson Rising
Grades 9–12:
 
Unit Plan/Resource Collection
Source: New-York Historical Society
Deliberation Guide. Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
Grades 6–8:
 
Lesson Plan
Source: Smithsonian National Museum of American History
World101: Climate Change
Grades 9–12:
 
Resource Collection
Source: World 101 from the Council on Foreign Relations
What is the difference between then and now?
Grades K–2:
 
Unit Plan
Source: History's Mysteries Historical Inquiry for Elementary Classrooms
Path to Statehood: Texas, Oregon and California
Grades 3–5:
 
Lesson Plan
Source: Autry Museum of the American West
What is community?
Grades K–2:
 
Lesson Plan
Source: Learning for Justice
How do we celebrate our shared traditions?
Grades K–2:
 
Unit Plan
Source: History's Mysteries Historical Inquiry for Elementary Classrooms
Home at Mount Vernon
Grades K–2:
 
Lesson Plan/Resource Collection
Source: George Washington's Mount Vernon
Art and Activism: Gold Rush
Grades 6–8:
 
Lesson Plan
Source: Autry Museum of the American West
Identity & Community: An Introduction to 6th Grade Social Studies
Grades 6–8:
 
Unit Plan
Source: Facing History and Ourselves
My Part of the Story: Exploring Identity in the United States
Grades 9–12:
 
Unit Plan
Source: Facing History and Ourselves
Unit: Why do people move? (Migration)
Grades K–2:
 
Unit Plan
Source: History's Mysteries Historical Inquiry for Elementary Classrooms
Unit: How does water shape our lives? (Industrial Revolution)
Grades 3–5:
 
Unit Plan
Source: History's Mysteries Historical Inquiry for Elementary Classrooms
How did Kossula Cudjo Lewis and other enslaved people experience the Atlantic World?
Grades 3–5:
 
Unit Plan
Source: History's Mysteries Historical Inquiry for Elementary Classrooms
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We the People

This theme explores the idea of “the people” as a political concept–not just a group of people who share a landscape but a group of people who share political ideals and institutions.

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Institutional & Social Transformation

This theme explores how social arrangements and conflicts have combined with political institutions to shape American life from the earliest colonial period to the present, investigates which moments of change have most defined the country, and builds understanding of how American political institutions and society changes.

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Contemporary Debates & Possibilities

This theme explores the contemporary terrain of civic participation and civic agency, investigating how historical narratives shape current political arguments, how values and information shape policy arguments, and how the American people continues to renew or remake itself in pursuit of fulfillment of the promise of constitutional democracy.

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Civic Participation

This theme explores the relationship between self-government and civic participation, drawing on the discipline of history to explore how citizens’ active engagement has mattered for American society and on the discipline of civics to explore the principles, values, habits, and skills that support productive engagement in a healthy, resilient constitutional democracy. This theme focuses attention on the overarching goal of engaging young people as civic participants and preparing them to assume that role successfully.

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Our Changing landscapes

This theme begins from the recognition that American civic experience is tied to a particular place, and explores the history of how the United States has come to develop the physical and geographical shape it has, the complex experiences of harm and benefit which that history has delivered to different portions of the American population, and the civics questions of how political communities form in the first place, become connected to specific places, and develop membership rules. The theme also takes up the question of our contemporary responsibility to the natural world.

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A New Government & Constitution

This theme explores the institutional history of the United States as well as the theoretical underpinnings of constitutional design.

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A People in the World

This theme explores the place of the U.S. and the American people in a global context, investigating key historical events in international affairs,and building understanding of the principles, values, and laws at stake in debates about America’s role in the world.

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The Seven Themes

The Seven Themes provide the organizational  framework for the Roadmap. They map out the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that students should be able to explore in order to be engaged in informed, authentic, and healthy civic participation. Importantly, they are neither standards nor curriculum, but rather a starting point for the design of standards, curricula, resources, and lessons. 

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Driving questions provide a glimpse into the types of inquiries that teachers can write and develop in support of in-depth civic learning. Think of them as a  starting point in your curricular design.

Learn more about inquiry-based learning in  the Pedagogy Companion.

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Sample guiding questions are designed to foster classroom discussion, and can be starting points for one or multiple lessons. It is important to note that the sample guiding questions provided in the Roadmap are NOT an exhaustive list of questions. There are many other great topics and questions that can be explored.

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The Seven Themes

The Seven Themes provide the organizational  framework for the Roadmap. They map out the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that students should be able to explore in order to be engaged in informed, authentic, and healthy civic participation. Importantly, they are neither standards nor curriculum, but rather a starting point for the design of standards, curricula, resources, and lessons. 

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The Five Design Challenges

America’s constitutional politics are rife with tensions and complexities. Our Design Challenges, which are arranged alongside our Themes, identify and clarify the most significant tensions that writers of standards, curricula, texts, lessons, and assessments will grapple with. In proactively recognizing and acknowledging these challenges, educators will help students better understand the complicated issues that arise in American history and civics.

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Motivating Agency, Sustaining the Republic

  • How can we help students understand the full context for their roles as civic participants without creating paralysis or a sense of the insignificance of their own agency in relation to the magnitude of our society, the globe, and shared challenges?
  • How can we help students become engaged citizens who also sustain civil disagreement, civic friendship, and thus American constitutional democracy?
  • How can we help students pursue civic action that is authentic, responsible, and informed?
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America’s Plural Yet Shared Story

  • How can we integrate the perspectives of Americans from all different backgrounds when narrating a history of the U.S. and explicating the content of the philosophical foundations of American constitutional democracy?
  • How can we do so consistently across all historical periods and conceptual content?
  • How can this more plural and more complete story of our history and foundations also be a common story, the shared inheritance of all Americans?
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Simultaneously Celebrating & Critiquing Compromise

  • How do we simultaneously teach the value and the danger of compromise for a free, diverse, and self-governing people?
  • How do we help students make sense of the paradox that Americans continuously disagree about the ideal shape of self-government but also agree to preserve shared institutions?
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Civic Honesty, Reflective Patriotism

  • How can we offer an account of U.S. constitutional democracy that is simultaneously honest about the wrongs of the past without falling into cynicism, and appreciative of the founding of the United States without tipping into adulation?
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Balancing the Concrete & the Abstract

  • How can we support instructors in helping students move between concrete, narrative, and chronological learning and thematic and abstract or conceptual learning?
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Each theme is supported by key concepts that map out the knowledge, skills, and dispositions students should be able to explore in order to be engaged in informed, authentic, and healthy civic participation. They are vertically spiraled and developed to apply to K—5 and 6—12. Importantly, they are not standards, but rather offer a vision for the integration of history and civics throughout grades K—12.

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Helping Students Participate

  • How can I learn to understand my role as a citizen even if I’m not old enough to take part in government? How can I get excited to solve challenges that seem too big to fix?
  • How can I learn how to work together with people whose opinions are different from my own?
  • How can I be inspired to want to take civic actions on my own?
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America’s Shared Story

  • How can I learn about the role of my culture and other cultures in American history?
  • How can I see that America’s story is shared by all?
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Thinking About Compromise

  • How can teachers teach the good and bad sides of compromise?
  • How can I make sense of Americans who believe in one government but disagree about what it should do?
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Honest Patriotism

  • How can I learn an honest story about America that admits failure and celebrates praise?
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Balancing Time & Theme

  • How can teachers help me connect historical events over time and themes?
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