Topic: Civics

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New School Challenge

You get to create a new school! Thomas Jefferson did that when he founded the University of Virginia. Create a promotional poster that answers the following: How is...
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Overrated or Undervalued?

Understanding the historical significance of the contributions of Thomas Jefferson during the American Revolution, the creation of the Union, his presidential term, and his retirement years, as well...
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Present-Day Parlor Portrait Pix

Monticello, Jeffersons home, is a reflection and a metaphor of Thomas Jeffersons life. Throughout his home, Jefferson displays numerous portraits of influential and inspiring people. In his parlor,...
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Revolution of the Mind

The word “revolution” can take on a number of meanings. Most often we think of it in terms of the forcible overthrow of one government and the institution...
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Self-government evolves

How did ideas of self-government change over time? Create a visual timeline to connect documents that preceded and led to the writing of the U.S. Constitution.
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Stepping Stones to the American Revolution

Was the American Revolutionary War an event that the colonists and British Parliaments had to participate in to achieve the true ideas of liberty and independence?
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The debate over the Assumption Plan and the Bank of the United States: Why did Jefferson disagree with Hamilton?

What are the components of a successful economy? How does an economic system deal with debt? Students will evaluate Jefferson’s ideas about how the early economic system of...
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The Earth is for the Living

Thomas Jefferson thought the Constitution should have had a “sunset clause” allowing each generation to rewrite it to keep the Spirit of 1776 alive. In your group, decide...
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The Sea was Boisterous that Day- Using Essential Questions to Bridge History

Essential questions (EQ’s) can be a tool for connecting the past to the present. In this Challenge, you will be asked to link an image/document from Americas revolutionary...
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TJ and the Separation of Church and State.

Is the separation of church and state necessary in America?