Primary Source American History - 2017-18 edition

Primary Source American History - 2017-18 edition

Primary Source American History is a workbook in the form of a toolbox of teacher assignments. The main idea behind it is to create a large number of primary source readings – 92 in total – that can be assigned to U.S. History students in high school or as part of a university core survey course on U.S. History. But this workbook contains a variety of teacher resources, including: 92 primary source reading assignments, Eight research and documentation projects (six papers, a PowerPoint presentation and a video), 22 unit vocabulary lists 28 review worksheets, Three Mock Trials (two criminal and one civil) and Two Mock Congresses (with speech/paper). All of the assignments are in print-ready format. Because it is a digital text in MS Word DOC format, they are adaptable to your classroom preferences. Moreover, it's easy for the teacher purchasing this to post the first 740-odd pages on a school password-protected school intranet to use as a textbook supplement. (You may want to withhold the Mock Trials and Mock Congress for the appropriate time.) All of the primary source readings have a series of questions at the end, which are generally a mix of reading comprehension, student opinion, Document-Based Questions, and – whenever possible – links to current events. The primary source documents are a necessity for the honors-level students at the college preparatory high school where I teach, as most are tracked to take the College Board's AP U.S. History exam. As such, I give them the document-based questions (DBQs) at the end of the texts (marked with a “►”) as preparation for the kind of questions they'll likely encounter in the AP exam. This second, expanded edition for the 2017-18 school year contains an additional 150 pages of material not in the 2015 edition. In this second edition, I've included more readings about Native Americans, immigration and economics. I've also added the Mock Congress on cell phone surveillance, a research paper for the Thoreau era, and my best-selling Mock Trial: The Tornado (based upon Ruben “The Hurricane” Carter). Finally, I've tried to update the questions to readings in the first edition in order to to relate them to current events as much as possible. – Thomas R. Eddlem The full index of readings (with writers and works) is available on my Pinterest here: https://www.pinterest.com/teddlem/primary-source-american-history-2nd-edition-2017-1/
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The World Speaks: Primary Source Modern World History

The World Speaks: Primary Source Modern World History

The World Speaks is a workbook in the form of a toolbox of teacher assignments for World History from 1750 to present. The main idea behind it is to create a large number of primary source readings – 41 in total – that can be assigned to World History students in high school or as part of a university core survey course on World History. This workbook contains: 41 primary source reading assignments, Six research and documentation projects (four papers, a GooglePresentation and a video) A short simulation on the beginning of World War One 10 unit vocabulary lists 10 review worksheets All of the assignments are in print-ready format. Because it is a digital text in MS Word DOC format, they are adaptable to your classroom preferences. All of the primary source readings have a series of questions at the end, which are generally a mix of reading comprehension, student opinion, Document-Based Questions, and – whenever possible – links to current events. The document-based questions (DBQs) at the end of the texts (marked with a “►”) can serve as preparation for the kind of questions they'll likely encounter in the AP exam. – Thomas R. Eddlem The full index of readings (with writers and works) is available on my Pinterest here: https://www.pinterest.com/teddlem/the-world-speaks-world-history-since-1750-using-pr/
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Mock Trial: The Case of the After-Prom Party

Mock Trial: The Case of the After-Prom Party

Mock trial for class of 15-40 students The scenario is this: Six students engage in an after-prom party where there is some drinking of alcohol and widespread marijuana smoking, and two of the students are involved in a fatal car crash driving home from the party at approximately 3:30 a.m. the following morning. The goals of this mock trial are: 1. to teach students how civil trials work, what joint and several liability is, and what compensatory and punitive damages are. 2. to provide an opportunity to engage the students in a serious and science-based, student-led discussion about impaired driving, specifically driving after consuming marijuana and/or alcohol. Contains: 13 Witness/attorney profile sheets and instructions Common Courtroom Objections reference sheet Jury worksheet Rubrics Map to Mass. State Social Studies Standards and Common Core Standards This mock trial is an accordion trial: You can do it with as few as 15 students, or as many as 40 students. For trials with small classes, I have drawn my juries from study hall volunteers, a larger “outside audience” which adds an incentive for students in my classes to take the trial seriously. Alternatively, you could just have a bench trial where the judge decides the case. Also, you can adjust the number of attorneys on each side from 1-3 based upon the class size. - Thomas R Eddlem
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Separation of Powers Role-play Packet

Separation of Powers Role-play Packet

Teach civics and the separation of powers by role-playing! This packet includes a criminal mock trial, civil mock trial, mock congress and an Oval Office simulation – simulations on all three branches of government! Contains: Mock Congress: Cell Phone Surveillance Reform Time required: 4 class hours Grade level: 10 and up Class size: 18 or more Pages: 51 Contains: 18 individualized profile sheets, Background information on NSA surveillance, Graphic organizer for assigned roles, Graphic organizer with word-for-word format on how to run committee meetings and floor debate, Sample rubrics for 3-minute speeches and participation, Socratic seminar questions for students observing speeches/committee hearings, Maps to various educational standards, Sample follow-up quiz on the legislative process, Teacher instructions and preparation period suggestions. Mock Trial Criminal: The Tornado (A trial based upon Reuben “The Hurricane” Carter) Time required: 4 class hours Grade level: 10 and up Class size: 9-31 Pages: 43 Contains:12 Witness profile sheets and instructions, Attorney packets, Judge profile sheet, Common courtroom objections reference sheet, Jury worksheet, Rubrics, Map to Mass. State Social Studies Standards and Common Core Standards Mock Trial: The Case of the After-Prom Party Time required: 4 class hours Grade level: 10 and up Class size: 15-40 Pages: 33 Contains:13 Witness/attorney profile sheets and instructions, Common Courtroom Objections reference sheet, Jury worksheet, Rubrics, Map to Mass. State Social Studies Standards and Common Core Standards Oval Office Simulation: North Koreans Cross the DMZ Time required: 2 class hours Grade level: 11 and up Class size: 10-23 Pages: 79 Contains:Detailed teacher instructions, 23 profile sheets for students, 9 “news” updates to give to selected students during the simulation, 2 rubrics for grading writing and participation Zip file with four DOC files. 206 pages total.
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Oval Office Simulation / Role-play: North Koreans Cross the DMZ

Oval Office Simulation / Role-play: North Koreans Cross the DMZ

Students take staff roles in the White House to consider two pieces of legislation sent up from Congress (repeal of Obamacare and recognition of a Kurdish government) when they hear news that the North Koreans have crossed the 38th parallel in a military incursion. How will the President react? How does the Constitution limit his reaction? What do the South Koreans want? The idea of this role play simulation is to give students an idea of how the executive branch of the federal government operates in crisis, and it’s a great follow-up to a lesson on establishment of the National Security Council in 1947. It’s set in the current day federal government, where Republicans control the legislative and executive branches of government. And it’s designed to show the importance of staff (because, everyone will want to be the president) in forming executive policy. It’s designed for a class of 10-23 students (optional roles are listed in the instructions). This simulation contains: Detailed teacher instructions 23 profile sheets for students 9 “news” updates to give to selected students during the simulation 2 rubrics for grading writing and participation If you’re lucky, your students won’t start world war three (my kids don’t). But expect at least one of the military officials to propose something like my Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff did recently, calling his proposal the “Walmart Parking Lot Act.” This simulation is designed for students who are relatively mature and have a general idea of the situation on the Korean peninsula, so I only do it with 11th grade and higher. But if you have advanced honors-level sophomores, it might work for them as well. The simulation takes about two class hours. 79 pages total.
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Writing and Journalism Worksheets (concision, active voice, lead writing, etc.)

Writing and Journalism Worksheets (concision, active voice, lead writing, etc.)

Concise writing is a key skill that cuts across nearly all disciplines. And that's not just the former newspaper editor in me, or the journalism club moderator speaking. It's the mindset of a U.S. and world history teacher who constantly sees writing issues with research papers. The attached seven worksheets are great tools to teach writing and critical thinking about writing which I use in journalism classes and journalism clubs. But I also use a couple of them in some of my history classes before I assign a major research paper, if I expect there will be a particular writing issue requiring attention. They're great for any English or Journalism class focusing upon writing skills, and they can be used as sub-plans. Most of the worksheets have an answer sheet included. 1. Omitting Needless Words/Concision Worksheet (with answer sheet): Wordy sentences must be re-written with half as many words but include all the same information (my Journalism class students love this challenge). 2. Lead-Writing Exercise: Poorly written leads for news stories must be re-written into inverted pyramid form. 3. Editing … A worksheet: Students must diagnose problems with five lead paragraphs in news stories. 4. Active Voice Worksheet (with answer sheet): Sentences written with passive voice verbs must be re-written to include active verbs. 5. A Tale of Two Cities Journalistic Rewrite: This is a difficult exercise that involves some Internet research on the history of London and Paris to conform the opening paragraphs of Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities" to a journalistic-style story. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." 6. Copy Editing Exercise (with answer sheet): A poorly-written news story must be fixed 7. Review Exercise on Active Voice and Concision (with answer sheet)
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U.S. History -- American Revolution Primary Source Readings

U.S. History -- American Revolution Primary Source Readings

This selection of primary source readings covers the lead-up to the American revolution, colonial complaints against Britain, and wartime letters. * "Second Treatise on Government" (selection) by John Locke * Mayflower Compact * "The Wealth of Nations" (selection) by Adam Smith * Stamp Act Congress' Declaration of Rights and Grievances * Samuel Adams reading on the Boston Massacre Trial * Samuel Adams Committee of Correspondence reading * "Common Sense" by Thomas Paine (edited down to 2 pages) * Declaration of Independence Worksheet * Abigail Adams wartime letters to John Adams Also contains:  * Study Guide with Vocabulary list and Practice Test worksheet * Colonial Era Research Project with Instructions/Rubric * Worksheet questions for "April Morning" (novel/movie) Note: These readings along with more than 80 others are included in my book “Primary Source American History,” along with three mock trials, two mock congresses and several dozen projects review worksheets. If you like this (or the free readings on my store), consider getting the complete set.
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Federalist Era Primary Source Reading -- U.S. History

Federalist Era Primary Source Reading -- U.S. History

This is a series of primary source readings, projects and worksheets on the U.S. Constitution and Federalist era. The Primary Source Readings have 6-18 questions which are a combination of reading comprehension and DBQs. Each of the worksheets and primary source readings can be used as homework assignments, sub plans, or for in-class work and discussion. Primary source readings: Federalist #10: Democracy and Faction Federalist #69: War Powers and the Presidency (includes graphic organizer) Anti-Federalist #69: Dangers of the Presidency Federalist #74: Military and Pardon Powers in the Presidency Federalist #84: Enumerated powers and a Bill of Rights Neutrality Proclamation: Hamilton and Madison argue anonymously about war powers in Pacificus/Helvidius papers Washington's Farewell Address Sedition Act and Nullification: Text of Sedition Act and Kentucky Resolutions, Rep. John Allen and Rep. Albert Gallatin Alien Acts of 1798: Impact Upon Immigration and Sanctuary Cities Today: Speeches of Rep. Samuel Sewell, Rep, Albert Gallatin, James Madison, Gov. John Baldacci (2004) James Callender's Sedition Trial: Issues for Today: James Madison, John Randolph, Judge William G. Young in Luisi v. US (2008) Project: Bill of Rights Video Project instructions (including rubrics) Worksheets: Origin of the Constitution: U.S. Constitution/Bill of Rights provisions compared with complaints against the British and the Articles of Confederation. Parts of the Constitution: Practice on provisions of the Constitution Federalist Era Presidents: Washington and Adams administrations 78 pages total Note: These readings along with more than 80 others are included in my book “Primary Source American History," along with three mock trials, two mock congresses and several dozen projects and review worksheets. If you like this (or the free readings on my store), consider getting the complete set.
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Manifest Destiny Primary Source Readings - U.S. History

Manifest Destiny Primary Source Readings - U.S. History

This is a series of primary source readings on the Manifest Destiny era of U.S. History (1836-55). Each reading is contains 6-18 questions that are a combination of reading comprehension, DBQs and links to current events (whenever possible). The readings include: Cherokees and the Trail of Tears: Andrew Jackson's Inaugural Address 1829, Rep. Edward Everett against the Indian Removal Act, Supreme Court decision and dissent on Cherokee Nation v. Georgia, John G. Burnett eyewitness to Trail of Tears Lincoln, the Mexican-American War and the Constitution: Rep. Abraham Lincoln letter to William Herndon, James Madison's notes on the Constitutional Convention, John Yoo on war powers. Civil Disobedience (excerpts) by Henry David Thoreau Know Nothingism and Anti-Immigrant Bias: Samuel F.B. Morse, Rep. John Smith Chipman Also contains: Transcendentalist research paper project (with rubric) Unit vocabulary list and practice test worksheet 37 pages total. Note: These readings along with more than 80 others are included in my book “Primary Source American History," along with three mock trials, two mock congresses and several dozen projects and review worksheets. If you like this (or the free readings on my store), consider getting the complete set.
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Native American Tribes Primary Source Readings - U.S. History

Native American Tribes Primary Source Readings - U.S. History

This is a series of five primary source readings plus unit vocabulary/practice test worksheet on the conflict between Native American Tribes and the United States government from 1828-1903. The primary source readings have 7-12 questions each, which are a combination of reading comprehension and DBQs. Each of these print-ready primary source readings can be used as homework assignments, sub plans, or for in-class work and discussion. Primary source readings (most readings are excerpts for purposes of brevity, not full transcripts) included are the following: Cherokee Nation v. Georgia and the Trail of Tears -- Andrew Jackson's 1829 State of the Union Address, John Marshall's Opinion of the Court in Cherokee Nation v. Georgia, Judge Smith Thompson's Dissent, Congressman Edward Everett (Whig-Mass.) speech against Indian Removal Act, John G. Burnett's Eyewitness Account of Trail of Tears. Dakota War of 1862 -- Treaty of Traverse des Sioux (1851), Dakota Chief Big Eagle's Explanation of How the War Began, Trial Transcripts of Chaska Weshankwashtodopee and Chaska-Don. Standing Bear v. Crook: Is an Indian a “Person”? -- Decision of the Court by District Judge Elmer Scipio Dundy. The Massacre at Wounded Knee (1890) -- Sioux Reservation Conditions: General Miles telegram, Official Report by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Native American Survivor Accounts by Turning Hawk and Dewey Beard. Lone Wolf v. Hitchcock (1903) -- Opinion of the Court by Supreme Court Associate Justice Edward Douglass White. Note: These readings along with more than 80 others will be included in the second edition of my book “Primary Source American History,” along with two mock trials, a mock congress and several dozen projects and review worksheets. If you like this (or the free readings on my store), consider getting the complete set.
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Joyeux Noel (movie) Worksheet -- with answer sheet

Joyeux Noel (movie) Worksheet -- with answer sheet

Joyeux Noel is one of the greatest movies ever made, and I like to show it just before introducing a U.S. History segment on World War One. My wife, a French teacher, also shows it in her French classes. This worksheet has a variety of content-based questions requiring 1-3 sentence answers, along with a few that require outside research on the topics of international law and other issues. The questions are designed for a U.S. history class, but can be adapted for the cultural aspects of a French or German language class. Questions preceded with a “►” can be used as DBQs for longer 5x5 essays. – Thomas R. Eddlem
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Industrial Revolution -- Primary Source Readings -- World History

Industrial Revolution -- Primary Source Readings -- World History

This is a series of primary source readings on the industrial revolution for a World History course at the high school or university survey course level. The four primary source readings include 4-15 questions at the end of each reading that combine reading comprehension, links to current government issues and Document-Based-Questions (marked with a "►"). Contents include: 1. Adam Smith from The Wealth of Nations on the division of labor (1776) 2. Sadler Report on Child Labor excerpts (1832) 3. Parliamentary debate on the Sadler bill (1832) 4. David Ricardo on the Theory of Competitive Advantage (1817) 5. Short project/paper on source documentation 6. Unit vocabulary and concept list with a practice test worksheet The readings can be used for in-class lessons, sub-plans or homework assignments. They're ideal for a World History AP course, though I use them for my standard-level students as well.
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Economics Primary Source Readings

Economics Primary Source Readings

Following are primary source readings on economics issues, with relevant questions at the end of the readings. These excerpts from classic texts are designed to be understandable to high school students, and make handy homework assignments or substitute plans in an economics or history class. 1. Adam Smith on the Industrial Revolution and the division of labor (1 1/2 pages) from "The Wealth of Nations." -- 4 questions 2. Economics of the Great Depression (7 pages) John Maynard Keynes' story of burying jars full of cash from "The General Theory" and Frederick Bastiat's broken window story from "That Which Is Seen and That Which Is Unseen." -- 16 questions 3. David Ricardo and the Theory of Comparative Advantage from "On the Principles of Political Economy and Taxation" (3 1/2 pages) -- 10 questions 4. Child Labor in Britain: Sadler Commission Report (4 pages) -- 6 questions 5. Child Labor in Britain: Parliament debate on the Sadler bill (4 pages) -- 9 questions 6. Reaganomics: Economic Success or Failure? (7 pages) Excerpts from the Reagan Library, speech of Senator Joe Biden and column by economist Murray Rothbard. -- 8 questions
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Issues of the Trump Presidency -- Primary Source Readings

Issues of the Trump Presidency -- Primary Source Readings

This grouping of eight primary source U.S. history readings relate to current issues during the beginning months of the Trump Presidency. They don't involve President Trump directly, but are historical perspectives on the issues he's raised: international trade, multilateral trade agreements, sanctuary cities, infrastructure spending, immigration, and warrantless surveillance. 1. Alien Acts of 1798:Congressman Samuel Sewall, Congressman Albert Gallatin, Madison's Report of 1800, Maine Gov. John Baldacci's "sanctuary" declaration in 2005 2. Know-Nothing era immigration issues: Samuel Morse, Congressman John Smith Chipman 3. Immigration in the 1920s: Congressmen Percy Quin and William "Bourke" Cockran, Summary of Johnson-Reed Act 4. Infrastructure spending and the economy: John Maynard Keynes' "General Theory," Frederick Bastiat's "What is Seen and What Is Unseen" 5. International Trade: David Ricardo's Theory of Comparative Advantage from "On the Principles of Political Economy and Taxation" 6. The Smoot-Hawley Bill and the Protective Tariff: Sen. Reed Smoot, Sen. John William “Elmer” Thomas 7. NAFTA Agreement: H. Ross Perot, Vice President Al Gore, President George H.W. Bush, Rep. David Dreier, Rep. Richard Gephardt, Rep. Helen Bentley 8. Intelligence and Privacy after 9/11: Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, President Barack Obama, Rep. Justin Amash, Sen. Tom Cotton, Sen. Dianne Feinstein These readings are a great way to teach U.S. history and link it to current events or teach current events in a deeper and more historical way!
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News and Information Source Evaluation Packet

News and Information Source Evaluation Packet

Teaching students to evaluate the reliability and bias of information sources is one of the most important skills a Social Studies or English teacher can impart upon a student. The ability to assess the reliability of sources on the fly has become an increasingly vital skill in the age of the Internet, with the multiplication of sources available and the creation of click-bait “fake news” sources that deliberately package falsehoods as “news.” This packet contains the following: * A source evaluation Google Form (with answer sheet) for students to evaluate seven different news stories of varied quality. (takes ~45 min.) * A source evaluation paper (including a rubric) that uses peer review to have students analyze sources used in a prior class project: 1. Whether their classmates used a primary or secondary source, 2. Who the author is 3. Who the publisher is 4. Assess sources of bias, and 5. Assess special credentials such as education or experience * A primary source reading/webquest on the U.S. Supreme Court's "Citizens United" decision in 2010, followed by 18 questions that link the decision to source reliability, current events and media bias. (Takes about 2-3 hours, can be a sub-plan or homework assignment.) * Eight hyperlinks to graphics that I print and put up in my classroom, and a video I like to use.
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Imperialism Modern World History Primary Source Readings

Imperialism Modern World History Primary Source Readings

This is a series of primary source readings on imperialism for a World History course at the high school or university survey course level. The four primary source readings include 7-15 questions at the end of each reading that combine reading comprehension, links to current government issues and Document-Based-Questions (marked with a "►"). Contents include: 1. The Indian Thuggee Cult in British India and Efforts to Exterminate It: WIlliam Henry Sleeman 2. The Opium Wars of China: Lin Zexu, Treaty of Nanjing 3. The Casement Report on the Belgian Congo: Roger Casement 4. The Philippine Insurrection and Empire: Rudyard Kipling's "The White Man's Burden," American Anti-Imperialist League, Mark Twain, Houston Post 5. Unit vocabulary and concept list with a practice test worksheet The readings can be used for in-class lessons, sub-plans or homework assignments. They're ideal for a World History AP course, though I use them for my standard-level students as well.
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Age of Nationalism (1860-1900)  Primary Source Readings World History

Age of Nationalism (1860-1900) Primary Source Readings World History

This is a series of primary source readings on nationalism for a World History course at the high school or university survey course level. The three primary source readings include 7-13 questions at the end of each reading that combine reading comprehension, links to current government issues and Document-Based-Questions (marked with a "►"). Contents include: 1. Italy's Risorgimento: Guiseppi Girabaldi and Pope Pius IX 2. German Unification: Otto von Bismark's "Thoughts and Reminiscences" 3. The Russo-Japanese War: Japanese declaration of war, Russian response 4. Unit vocabulary and concept list with a practice test worksheet The readings can be used for in-class lessons, sub-plans or homework assignments. They're ideal for a World History AP course, though I use them for my standard-level students as well. 18 pages total.
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The World Speaks: Primary Source Modern World History

The World Speaks: Primary Source Modern World History

The World Speaks is a workbook in the form of a toolbox of teacher assignments for World History from 1750 to present. The main idea behind it is to create a large number of primary source readings – 41 in total – that can be assigned to World History students in high school or as part of a university core survey course on World History. This workbook contains: 41 primary source reading assignments, Six research and documentation projects (four papers, a GooglePresentation and a video) A short simulation on the beginning of World War One 10 unit vocabulary lists 10 review worksheets All of the assignments are in print-ready format. Because it is a digital text in MS Word DOC format, they are adaptable to your classroom preferences. All of the primary source readings have a series of questions at the end, which are generally a mix of reading comprehension, student opinion, Document-Based Questions, and – whenever possible – links to current events. The document-based questions (DBQs) at the end of the texts (marked with a “►”) can serve as preparation for the kind of questions they'll likely encounter in the AP exam. – Thomas R. Eddlem The full index of readings (with writers and works) is available on my Pinterest here: https://www.pinterest.com/teddlem/the-world-speaks-world-history-since-1750-using-pr/
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Primary Source American History - 2017-18 edition

Primary Source American History - 2017-18 edition

Primary Source American History is a workbook in the form of a toolbox of teacher assignments. The main idea behind it is to create a large number of primary source readings – 92 in total – that can be assigned to U.S. History students in high school or as part of a university core survey course on U.S. History. But this workbook contains a variety of teacher resources, including: 92 primary source reading assignments, Eight research and documentation projects (six papers, a PowerPoint presentation and a video), 22 unit vocabulary lists 28 review worksheets, Three Mock Trials (two criminal and one civil) and Two Mock Congresses (with speech/paper). All of the assignments are in print-ready format. Because it is a digital text in MS Word DOC format, they are adaptable to your classroom preferences. Moreover, it's easy for the teacher purchasing this to post the first 740-odd pages on a school password-protected school intranet to use as a textbook supplement. (You may want to withhold the Mock Trials and Mock Congress for the appropriate time.) All of the primary source readings have a series of questions at the end, which are generally a mix of reading comprehension, student opinion, Document-Based Questions, and – whenever possible – links to current events. The primary source documents are a necessity for the honors-level students at the college preparatory high school where I teach, as most are tracked to take the College Board's AP U.S. History exam. As such, I give them the document-based questions (DBQs) at the end of the texts (marked with a “►”) as preparation for the kind of questions they'll likely encounter in the AP exam. This second, expanded edition for the 2017-18 school year contains an additional 150 pages of material not in the 2015 edition. In this second edition, I've included more readings about Native Americans, immigration and economics. I've also added the Mock Congress on cell phone surveillance, a research paper for the Thoreau era, and my best-selling Mock Trial: The Tornado (based upon Ruben “The Hurricane” Carter). Finally, I've tried to update the questions to readings in the first edition in order to to relate them to current events as much as possible. – Thomas R. Eddlem The full index of readings (with writers and works) is available on my Pinterest here: https://www.pinterest.com/teddlem/primary-source-american-history-2nd-edition-2017-1/
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Mock Trial: The Tornado (A murder trial based upon Reuben "The Hurricane" Carter)

Mock Trial: The Tornado (A murder trial based upon Reuben "The Hurricane" Carter)

Mock trial for class of 12-31 students This mock trial is loosely based upon the facts of the case of Rubin “the Hurricane” Carter, and some of the actual grand jury testimony (modified slightly) in that case is used in this mock trial. I've used this mock trial for standard-level as well as honors-level high school students. Interestingly enough, the standard-level students get into the trial more fervently than the honors kids. Contains: 12 Witness profile sheets and instructions Attorney packets Judge profile sheet Jury worksheet Rubrics Map to Mass. State Social Studies Standards and Common Core Standards This mock trial is an accordion trial: You can do it with as few as a dozen students, and I've done it with as many as 31 students. For trials with small classes, I have drawn my juries from study hall volunteers, a larger “outside audience” which adds an incentive for students in my classes to take the trial seriously. Alternatively, you could just have a bench trial where the judge decides the case. There are certain witnesses that can be eliminated or consolidated for smaller classes, and they are marked as such, and you can adjust the number of attorneys on each side from 1-3 based upon the class size. - Thomas R Eddlem Note: This mock trial is part of my book "Primary Source American History," as are two of my other mock trials. If you like this (or the free readings on my store), consider getting the complete set by ordering the electronic book as well.
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Mock Trial: The Case of the After-Prom Party

Mock Trial: The Case of the After-Prom Party

Mock trial for class of 15-40 students The scenario is this: Six students engage in an after-prom party where there is some drinking of alcohol and widespread marijuana smoking, and two of the students are involved in a fatal car crash driving home from the party at approximately 3:30 a.m. the following morning. The goals of this mock trial are: 1. to teach students how civil trials work, what joint and several liability is, and what compensatory and punitive damages are. 2. to provide an opportunity to engage the students in a serious and science-based, student-led discussion about impaired driving, specifically driving after consuming marijuana and/or alcohol. Contains: 13 Witness/attorney profile sheets and instructions Common Courtroom Objections reference sheet Jury worksheet Rubrics Map to Mass. State Social Studies Standards and Common Core Standards This mock trial is an accordion trial: You can do it with as few as 15 students, or as many as 40 students. For trials with small classes, I have drawn my juries from study hall volunteers, a larger “outside audience” which adds an incentive for students in my classes to take the trial seriously. Alternatively, you could just have a bench trial where the judge decides the case. Also, you can adjust the number of attorneys on each side from 1-3 based upon the class size. - Thomas R Eddlem
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Cold War and Decolonization Primary Source Readings -- World History

Cold War and Decolonization Primary Source Readings -- World History

This is a series of primary source readings on decolonization and the Cold War period (1945-65) for a World History course at the high school or university survey course level. The five primary source readings include 6-15 questions at the end of each reading that combine reading comprehension, links to current government issues and Document-Based-Questions (marked with a "►"). Contents include: 1. "The Sinews of Peace" Iron Curtain speech - Winston Churchill (1946) 2. "Quit India" speech - Mahatma Gandhi (1942) 3. Banana Republics and the Guatamalan Coup of 1954 - Gen. Smedley Butler's "I Was a Racketeer" speech (1936), declassified CIA memorandum (1997) 4. Congo's Struggle for Independence (1960-63) -- King Baudouin I, Patrice Lumumba, 46 Angry Men, UN Security Council, Belgian Commission on the Assassination of Patrice Lumumba 5. Nelson Mandela's speech at Rivonia (1964) 6. Review questions for Movie "China Cry" 7. Unit vocabulary and concept list with a practice test worksheet The readings can be used for in-class lessons, sub-plans or homework assignments. They're ideal for a World History AP course, though I use them for my standard-level students as well.
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The Great Depression -- Primary Source Readings -- U.S. and World History

The Great Depression -- Primary Source Readings -- U.S. and World History

This is a compilation of key primary source readings for understanding the Great Depression of the 1930s and the New Deal in a U.S. History class. The packet includes the following primary source readings: 1. David Ricardo and the Theory of Competitive Advantage: From On the Principles of Political Economy and Taxation (1817) 2. The Smoot-Hawley Tariff: Sen. Reed Smoot, Sen. John William "Elmer" Thomas 3. Economics of the Great Depression: John Maynard Keynes, Frederic Bastiat 4. A Study in Fascism: John T. Flynn's As We Go Marching (1944) 5. The Evolution of the Supreme Court During the New Deal: Schechter v. US (1935), Wickard v. Filburn (1942) 6. Roosevelt's Fireside Chat on the Economy (1938) Also contains: Research paper on the Great Depression with instructions, links and rubric Unit vocabulary list and two practice worksheets Note: These readings along with more than 90 others are included in my book Primary Source American History, along with three mock trials, two mock congresses and several dozen projects review worksheets. If you like this (or the free readings on my store), consider getting the complete set.
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World War Two -- Primary Source Readings -- U.S. and World History

World War Two -- Primary Source Readings -- U.S. and World History

This is a series of primary source readings on imperialism for a World History course at the high school or university survey course level. The three primary source readings include 7-13 questions at the end of each reading that combine reading comprehension, links to current government issues and Document-Based-Questions (marked with a "►"). Contents include: 1. The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and the beginning of World War Two: Joachim von Ribbentrop, Adolf Hitler (1939) 2. Battle of Britain: "The Few" speech by Winston Churchill (1940) 3. Korematsu v. U.S. and civil liberties in wartime (1942) 4. Atomic bomb research presentation and persuasive essay project 5. Unit vocabulary and concept list with a practice test worksheet The readings can be used for in-class lessons, sub-plans or homework assignments. They're ideal for a World History AP course, though I use them for my standard-level students as well. 33 pages total.
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