Breaking Down Foundational Documents To Make Them More Manageable in an Online World

The AP Government curriculum has nine foundational documents, all of which I’ve written about at some point. Federalist No. 10 Brutus No. 1 The Declaration of Independence The Articles of Confederation The Constitution of the United States (Including the Bill of Rights and following Amendments) Federalist 51 Letter from Birmingham Jail Federalist No. 70 Federalist…

I {Heart} Thomas Jefferson

This past weekend, I was granted the incredible opportunity to go to Charlottesville, VA for a weekend seminar with Teaching American History¬†on Thomas Jefferson, which included some time at Monticello, my third favorite home of a Founder. It also didn’t hurt that UVA was in the Final Four and won that Saturday! Let me start…

A Case for Reading The Whole Document- Letter From A Birmingham Jail

  Documents used: Letter to Martin Luther King A Group of Clergyman (1963) Required Document: Letter from a Birmingham City Jail (1963) (Annotations) Background documents (if you have time or students are lacking background) What the Black Man Wants Frederick Douglass (1865) Nonviolence and Jim Crow Bayard Rustin (1942) I originally did this lesson with…