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Celebrate the Bill of Rights

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Why do we have a Bill of Rights? What difference does it make?A brief historyIn the summer of 1787, as the delegates to the Constitutional Convention debated how to establish a system of government that would secure the rights of citizens better than that under the Articles of Confederation, very little time was devoted to discuss the inclusion of a declaration of individual rights against government in the new Constitution. Read More »
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The Declaration of Independence as the Foundational Document in American History

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In recent years, as primary sources become more central to teaching American history, students have been asked to analyze these documents for their historical and literary significance. Among the most important American documents, most teachers would include the Declaration of Independence along with the Preamble to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address.Read More »
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What Makes the Declaration Foundational?

One of the more thought provoking of the Common Core State Standards, and at the same time, one that may give ELA teachers some anxiety is:Read More »
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A Special Guide for Teachers to the Films of Ken Burns

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More Americans get their history from Ken Burns than any other source.  —Historian Stephen AmbroseOn May 9, 2016, the distinguished documentary filmmaker Ken Burns will deliver the Jefferson Lecture, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The lecture is the highest honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities.Read More »
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The Declaration of Independence as a foundational document

"The Declaration Committee," 1876 lithograph print
One of the more thought provoking of the CCSS ELA standards, and yet the one that may give ELA teachers some anxiety is:CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.9: Analyze seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and nineteenth-century foundational U.S. documents of historical and literary significance (including The Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address) for their themes, purposes, and rhetorical features.Read More »
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