Primary Sources: United States Foreign Policy Kit

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  • Grade: 5-12
  • Interest Level: 4-14
  • Item: 10827
  • ISBN: 9780743908276
  • Language: English

Build social studies content-area literacy by integrating dynamic primary sources into the classroom! This comprehensive kit uses primary source documents, maps, photographs, and other materials to engage students in understanding America's diplomatic relations. These authentic resources will capture students' curiosity about the past and promote critical thinking as they analyze historical events. From the Monroe Doctrine to modern-day environmental policies, students will examine the decisions and strategies that changed the course of history and shaped today's world.

Primary Sources: United States Foreign Policy Kit includes:

  • 8 Primary Source Cards:
    • Aerial Photograph of Cuban Missile Sites
    • NAFTA Signing
    • Demonstrators at the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen
    • And more...
  • 8 Primary Source Reproductions:
    • Front Page of the New York Times Announcing the Atomic Bomb Drop on Hiroshima
    • George Washington's Farewell Address
    • United States Collective Defense Arrangements Map, 1967
    • And more...
  • Teacher's guide
  • Digital resources

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Series highlights include

  • 8 Photo Cards
  • 8 Primary Sources
  • Teacher's Guide with easy-to-use lessons and document-based assessments
  • Digital Resources
Primary Sources: United States Foreign Policy Kit

8 Primary Sources

Provide students with a deeper and more comprehensive view of historical events through maps, letters, photographs, political cartoons, and more! Students will participate in the constructive process of history by studying primary source documents and photographs. Viewing historic photographs, handling facsimiles of famous documents, and reading the comments and opinions of those in the past prepare students for document-based assessments.

Teacher's Guide

Give teachers the tools to breathe life into history. The Teacher's Guide provides extensive details about each component in the kit. Lesson plans are organized with objectives, materials, discussion questions, suggestions for using the primary sources, and extension ideas. Historical background pages are provided to give teachers and students information about each of the primary sources being studied.

Digital Resources

  • Digital copies of all photographs and primary sources
  • Bonus photographs and primary sources
  • Student reproducibles
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