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 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

James Madison: The Second National Bank: Venn Diagram

Use the Venn Diagram, with two intersecting circles. One circle is for Marshall's arguments in the section of his opinion quoted in McCulloch v. Maryland (1819), the other for Madison's. In the intersection between the two circles put those arguments that are essentially the same for both men. Begin by making a list.

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 Campaign of 1840: Was Harrison Like Jackson?

Use the Venn diagram to show both similarities and differences in the two men.

History & Social Studies

The Campaign of 1840: Van Buren and Harrison Compared

Compare the policies, personalities, experience and views of William Henry Harrison and Martin Van Buren in the Presidential campaign of 1840.

History & Social Studies

The Battle Over Reconstruction: Impeachment Timeline

A timeline of the events that lead to the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson in 1867.