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A Tale of Two Constitutions
This lesson is a comparison between the Bill of Rights from the United States and the Bill of Rights from Texas. By the end of the lesson, students will have an opportunity to discover how the understanding of the two constitutions can give them a brighter future, being more confident in their rights as citizens. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with their peers and generate conversations guiding them to deepen their thinking about both constitutions.
This lesson was designed by Elicia Josselet and Nancy Reed at William J. Winkley Elementary in Leander Independent School District of ESC Region 13. The Lesson Observation (video) was taught by Elicia Josselet to 18 students in the 2020 spring semester.
Origins of the Progressive Era
Given broad categories that describe the major goals of the progressive movement and general information about selected issues of the late 1800’s/early 1900’s, students will categorize the issues according to corresponding progressive era goals.
The Problem of Child Labor in the Progressive Era
After analyzing primary and secondary resources about the child labor, the students should be able to draw conclusions about the need to reform child labor practices.
Upton Sinclair: A Progressive Era Muckraker
Students will describe how Upton Sinclair's The Jungle reflected issues of the Progressive Era.
Roosevelt’s Square Deal
Given information about Roosevelt’s Square Deal, students will create cause-and-effect diagrams to explain the reasons for and impact of selected reforms sponsored by the Roosevelt administration.
The Civil Rights Movement and Voting Rights
Given the voting rights amendments, students will create an annotated time line that illustrates how voting rights have been extended to various groups of people throughout the history of the United States.
Separate But Equal: A Study of Segregation
Given Supreme Court case summaries, students will compare and contrast the impact of the Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education decisions.
The Gilded Age
Given background information, students will be able to identify economic, social, and political issues surrounding the Gilded Age. Students will identify significant historical figures associated with the Gilded Age.
The Causes of the Great Depression
The student understands the causes of the Great Depression.
Political Influences of the Great Depression
Given primary and secondary sources of information about selected New Deal measures (e.g., the creation of the Civilian Conservation Corps or the passage of the Agricultural Adjustment Act), students will analyze how these measures affected various regions of the United States.
World War II Impact on U.S. Economy and Society
Given background information, students will identify the social and economic impact of World War II on the American home front, such as the Great Depression, rationing, and increased opportunity for women and minority employment.
The Cold War and the American Home Front
Students will identify ways in which Cold War tensions were intensified.
The U.S. Role in the World (1970's into the 21st Century)
Given a timeline, students will understand the political, economic, and social impact of selected U.S. political leaders on the world from the 1970s into the 21st century.
America as a World Power in the Modern Era: The Carter Administration
Given background information, students will describe the changing role of the United States as a world power during the Carter Administration.
Conservative Resurgence of the 1980s and 1990s
Given information about social issues throughout U.S. history, students will describe the causes and effects of significant societal issues.
The American Identity: An Artistic Reflection
Given selected examples of American art, music, and literature, students will be able to identify the era of U.S. history that is reflected in the art.
The American Spirit: Defending and Building Our Nation
Given background information about selected historical figures, students will be able to analyze the importance and contributions of women and people of various racial, ethnic, and religious groups to the national identity and the cultural landscape.
The American Civil Rights Movement: An Overview
Given background information, students will be able to trace the historical development of the civil rights movement in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, and describe the roles of political organizations that promoted civil rights.
The Progressive Era: Political Reforms
Given information about political reforms of the Progressive Era, students will evaluate the impact of those reforms.