Implications of the First Amendment: “To Bigotry No Sanction, To Persecution No Assistance”

Overview This pre-assessment will ask 10th grade United States history and government students to corroborate details across three documents: the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom (1786), George Washington’s Letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode Island (1790), and the First Amendment to the United States Constitution (1791). The documents will be called Documents a, b, […]

My Big Symbolic Colonial Wedding

Target Students: 8th Grade Historical Skills: Sourcing Guiding Source Questions: • Who painted this? • What is the painter’s perspective? • When was it painted? • Where was it painted? • Why was it painted? • Is it reliable? Why or why not? Description: This mini-lesson gives students a chance to source a document. Sourcing […]

Words from War – A Primary Source Mini-Lesson

  Directions: The following two letters were written by soldiers deployed to war over twenty years apart. Letter A was composed in Belgium, Letter B in France. Read the letters and determine which was written first. Then explain your answers using evidence from the text and your own knowledge of history. Source text Letter A: […]

Arriving in the Land of Plenty

Accessed: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA Target Students: 9th through 12th grade (Questions can be revised to reflect grade level and content studied) Historic Skills: Sourcing and Corroboration Primary Source: This is an excerpt from the Poem “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus, 1883. An inscription of the poem was […]