Meeting Standards with Our Documents

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As an assessment activity at the end of a U.S. History survey course, provide students with copies of appropriate national, state and/or local curriculum standards and a list of all of the 100 Our Documents. Divide the class into groups of three or four and assign each group an equal number of the Our Documents. Ask students to conduct secondary research to correlate their Documents to the standards. Allow each group to present their findings orally to the class. The result will be a ready-made standards correlation to all of the Our Documents and, perhaps more importantly, a student understanding of the standards and their relationship to many of the most salient aspects of American History. This exercise could be extended by asking the students to develop a lesson plan for each of the Our Documents–standards correlations.

Below are links to national standards for history, civics, and other curriculum areas.

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