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This handout explains the process for passing amendments, as outlined in the Constitution, as well as the larger forces that push Congress and voters to support or oppose Constitutional change.

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Item Type: Worksheet
Date: 2010

In this activity students will learn about how groups without political power--African Americans, women, and working-class men--sought to expand their political power in the Revolutionary era. Students will analyze primary sources to determine the methods by which non-voting groups made their claims on being part of "We the People".

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Item Type: Teaching Activity
Date: 2010

This short activity helps students compare two drafts of the Preamble to the United States Constitution. It contains scaffolds for low-level readers.

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Item Type: Teaching Activity
Date: 2010

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt entered office in 1933, unemployment hovered around 25%. The private sector, including factories and service industries, remained mired in an intractable depression: no one was spending money and no one was hiring. Proponents of federal spending argued that only the government had the spending power to…

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Item Type: Quantitative Data
Date: 2010

This short article by public health historians David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz reflects on the fortieth anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, passed in 1970. OSHA is one of the most important pieces of labor legislation ever passed, and as Rosner and Markowitz demonstrate, has had a significant impact on workers' lives. The…

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Item Type: Article/Essay
Date: 2011

In this activity, students develop Common Core reading skills (eg. citing textual evidence, determining the central ideas, and determining meaning of words and phrases) through a study of the history of the second amendment to the U.S. Constitution and its significance today. First, students work independently, with some class discussion, to…

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Item Type: Teaching Activity
Date: 2012

This worksheet provides students with detailed task instructions and a note-taking guide for selecting evidence from their documents for the activity Supporting Claims with Evidence: The Second Amendment and Gun Control Debates.

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Item Type: Worksheet
Date: 2012

This worksheet helps students understand what a preamble is and what it signifies when used in a law or constitution. It was designed to be used in as part of a close reading of the second amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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Item Type: Worksheet
Date: 2012

Throughout U.S. history, governments at the local, state, and federal level have passed laws regulating the ownership and use of guns. This chart provides examples of such laws over time.

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Item Type: Laws/Court Cases
Date: 2012