- McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission Opinion (U.S. Supreme Court)
- Everything You Need to Know about McCutcheon v. FEC (Washington Post)
- Legal Experts React to Supreme Court’s Campaign-Finance Ruling (Wall Street Journal)
- Supreme Court Strikes Down Aggregate Limits on Federal Campaign Contributions (New York Times)
For more information about today's McCutcheon v. FEC Decision, try the following resources:
For more information about Soloman Northup and "12 Years a Slave," try the following resources:
For more information about the crisis in Ukraine, try the following resources:
The Choices Program out of Brown University has put together a Teaching with the News lesson the Unrest in Ukraine. In it, students are challenged to research the issue from a variety of perspectives and then consider the challenges facing the international community.
The New York Times' Learning Network has also developed a lesson about Kiev in Chaos. In it, students use a variety of resources from the New York Times to answer a series of questions about the crisis. The lesson has been updated (3/4) to include the latest developments in the region.
Several weeks ago, I tweeted that I was interested in building a #ushistchat community...
And while others expressed interest, we all seemed to be in the same boat regarding time and our evening schedules. However, thanks to a brilliantly simple suggestion from Evan Clapsaddle, #ushistchat is now a go. Here's how it will work...
Each week, we will address a specific topic or theme. Details will be tweeted and retweeted every Monday using the hashtags #ushistchat #archive. To participate, simply jump into the conversation whenever it is most convenient for you. At the end of the week, I will collect and publish all of our thoughts via Storify. I will maintain an archive of our chats on this post, so please consider bookmarking it for future reference.
Have a suggestion for a future topic or theme? Add it to the comments of this post.
Want to share a resource or tool? Use the hashtags #ushistchat #share, and I'll build a database.
Write a blog post about your US History classroom? Use the hashtags #ushistchat #blog, and I'll collect those too.
Today marks the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, an executive order issued by President Abraham Lincoln ending slavery in the rebelling states. The act signaled an important shift in the Union's Civil War aims, expanding the goal of the war from preservation of the Union to include the eradication of slavery.
I've just updated the resources in the Emancipation Proclamation post.
All of my posts about the Civil War can be found here.
I shared this parody of the popular "What Does the Fox Say?" video with my students back in November, but I decided I should add it here too - just in case anyone missed it. It was created by Mr. Betts, an educator from New York who is building quite a video library on his YouTube channel. Be sure to check it out in order to get a transcript of the John Locke video and see his other works - including George Washington's take on Lorde's "Royals."
In their Room for Debate series, the New York Times invites experts on both sides of the aisle to discuss news events and other important issues. Each entry provides a bit a background information followed by a series of open-ended, thought-provoking questions along with 4-6 short responses what the site labels as "knowledgeable contributors." This layout is ideal for an AP US Government class as it forces students to consider multiple perspectives before drawing their own conclusions. It also provides a blueprint for how a teacher might go about setting up a similar debate in her own classroom...something I think I am going to try after the Holidays.
Below I have collected some of my favorite Room for Debate entries, organized according to the units I use in my AP US Government class. Then I threw in a few "bonus" entries that would work well in an AP US History class.
My name is Angela Zorn. I work full-time as an educator at Bullitt Central High School in suburban Kentucky where I teach AP US History and AP US Government & Politics. In addition, I provide training & consulting services throughout the United States.