Student Resources

Student resources are interactive activities collected from around the Web. They can be used to support related lesson plans or as standalone activities in the classroom. Browse our library of student resources by grade level or subject area below.

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History & Social Studies

The Chief Executives Compared: The Federalist Papers

As a class or in small groups, with each group assigned one section only, look at seven elements of the office of President in Hamilton's words. Compile a list of the powers and responsibilities of the President based on Hamilton's essay and/or additional resources. Can be used with the curriculum unit: Before and Beyond the Constitution: What Should a President do?

History & Social Studies
The Creation of the Bill of Rights: "Retouching the Canvas"

The Creation of the Bill of Rights: "Retouching the Canvas"

This interactive map of the first 13 states highlights the ratification process in each state.

History & Social Studies

The First American Party System: Democratic-Republican Platform

The rivalry between the Federalists and Republicans was bitter. What were the key positions of the parties? How important to the parties' positions were their basic attitudes toward constitutional interpretation (Federalists, broad interpretation / Democratic-Republicans, strict interpretation)? Which positions of either party resonate in the politics of today? Fill in the respective party positions for each category listed.

History & Social Studies

The First American Party System: Federalist Platform

The rivalry between the Federalists and Republicans was bitter. What were the key positions of the parties? How important to the parties' positions were their basic attitudes toward constitutional interpretation (Federalists, broad interpretation / Democratic-Republicans, strict interpretation)? Which positions of either party resonate in the politics of today? Fill in the respective party positions for each category listed. Fill in the respective party positions for each issue category listed

History & Social Studies

The First American Party System: The Platforms They Never Had

Fill in the respective party positions for each issue category listed. Can be used in conjunction with Lesson 3 of The First American Party System: Events, Issues, and Positions.

Art & Culture
The Great Society and the Case for the Humanities

The Great Society and the Case for the Humanities

When Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society programs, especially the war on poverty and civil rights legislation, dominated most of the domestic agenda and the Vietnam War was being escalated abroad, the nation’s lawmakers and the president established a federal agency exclusively devoted to supporting the humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities.