The curated resources linked below are an initial sample of the resources coming from a collaborative and rigorous review process with the EAD Content Curation Task Force.
The War of 1812 is often referred to our country’s second war of independence. As a young nation, the United States’ economy, territory, and rights of individual citizens were again threatened by the British. A Sailor’s Life for Me! presents life at sea during the War of 1812 for those serving aboard USS Constitution, one of the few naval vessels in America’s young navy, and now a national symbol, through interactive games, primary sources, and Museum resources.
USS Constitution Museum
Comic books are visual literature. This simple cooperative group activity allows students to identify confrontational issues within their own school and then imagine solutions.
Learning for Justice
Students examine the historic contribution of young people in shaping positive changes in America, then identify characteristics of collaboration and creating coalitions in order to build their understanding of civic community.
This lesson plan, designed for Grades 3-5, explores women’s suffrage from the perspective of Native American and African American women.
The Civic Circle
In this lesson, students assist the new mayor in solving problems in MyTown by setting up a city council and judge (legislative and judicial branches of government). They read and discuss letters from townspeople and decide which branch of the town’s government should handle the problem described in the letter. Available in English and Spanish at this link.
Constitutional Rights Foundation
This lesson is an excerpt from the teacher’s guide of One Survivor Remembers, a teaching kit built around the incredible life story of Holocaust survivor Gerda Weissmann Klein.
Learning for Justice
Over the course of three lessons, students will explore the Revolutionary era through three primary sources: an image of the Boston Massacre, the song “Yankee Doodle,” and the preamble to the Declaration of Independence. These primary sources provide three ways to understand the ideals of the founders. Students will closely analyze these sources and use visual and textual evidence to draw conclusions. They will demonstrate their knowledge by answering critical thinking questions, restating ideas in their own words, and participating in class discussion.