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Resources: Curriculum Tools

Analyzing and Understanding

Analyzing Historical Documents

In your social studies, history, or civics class, your teacher may ask you to answer a historical question or analyze a certain event or time period...

Completing a Historical Document Worksheet

Use the following template to help you evaluate a historical document. For more information, go to Analyzing Historical...

Evaluating Online Sources

The Internet has become an indispensable tool for students, educators, and researchers. However, because of the ease with which information can be...

Presenting Your Research

Avoiding Plagiarism

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, to plagiarize is to "steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as... one's own." Plagiarism is...

Citing Sources

A citation contains important pieces of information about a primary or secondary source. These pieces of information, called elements, include items...

Summarizing an Article

The following steps can help you systematically sum up the contents of a reading assignment. The document you will produce if you use the following...

Writing a Research Paper

You have been assigned a research paper for a class. You are told to find information from several different kinds of sources, but not to use the...

Writing and Delivering a Speech

Speaking on an assigned topic can be a great way to demonstrate understanding of the subject, as well as mastery of the craft of writing for oral...

Educator Tools

Assessing Students' Speeches

Educators can assess student speeches according to such key factors as quality and organization of content, the speaker's familiarity with the...

Assigning Student Interviews

Interviewing can be an important skill for students to learn. It can help them gather information about a topic, and it can also expose them to a...

Exploring Point of View

By examining point of view in depth, students learn to critically evaluate statements made by experts and other participants in a debate on an issue....

Holding a Town Hall Meeting

Throughout our nation's history, communities have attempted to resolve local disputes by gathering interested parties together in front of a town...

Learning Through Debate

To debate is to participate directly in processes fundamental to the operation of an open and democratic society: free exchange and discussion of...

Lesson Plans

To introduce controversial topics and suggest how to teach them, lesson plans provide educators with background materials, handouts, and assessments.

Types of Debate

Debate is a form of public speaking on an assigned topic that is especially suited to educational use. Related group activities and events include...

Using Editorial Cartoons

Analyzing historical, social, or political cartoons can build students’ ability to interpret a combination of visual and verbal content, along with...