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Any ideas for teaching U.S. foundational documents to 12th grade ELA classes?

Dec 4, 2014 11:12am

  • English Language Arts / Social Studies
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    • Dec 5, 2014 5:32pm

      What about having the class be time travelers? They are trying to understand what life was like in _____ and they have a list of documents/photos/pictures/etc. to use as evidence.

      • Dec 7, 2014 3:15am

        I was wondering if you could be a bit more specific. There are many 12th grade IB English B, and 12th grade AP English language classes that teach historical source documents; but it entails a lot of "flexibility" and pre-reading on the part of the teacher and student when language can be somewhat archaic such as:

        "But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. "

        I don't like to just merely recommend books, websites, etc., as that can be downright churlish, but one of the best sites to deal with historical documents in many different settings is the site "Reading Like a Historian" from the Stanford History Education Group.

        Best of luck though.


        • Feb 9, 2015 7:36am

          The Library of Congress has a great lesson on the Declaration of Independence.
          There are also great lesson plans on the 50 core documents at Teaching American History: