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High School Distance Learning Programs

Visit the National Archives without leaving your classroom! Our free, interactive programs feature primary sources from our holdings. Each program aligns with National Social Studies Standards and Common Core State Standards. We also provide teacher guides with pre- and post-program lessons.

Scheduling Details

  • Available Tuesdays-Thursdays
  • Must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance
  • For groups of 10 or more students
  • Multiple sites can connect at the same time

We can deliver up to five programs per school per day. For schools with over five classes, we recommend connecting two to three classes at the same time or scheduling programs over multiple days.

Technology Requirements

You can connect your class via traditional videoconferencing equipment or online via a computer with a webcam, microphone, and speakers. These programs can also accommodate students connecting from home.

Please email distancelearning@nara.gov to request your program today!

No Conscription Without Representation: Voting Rights and the Constitution

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Civil Rights Event at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, 3/5/2000

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Using the Constitution, constitutional amendments, legislation, and a Supreme Court case, students will explore the progression of voting rights in the United States with particular focus on the effort to lower the voting age to 18. Additional primary source documents from the National Archives, including photographs, video recordings, and political cartoons, will enhance student understanding of the ways in which contemporary events and public civic engagement influence their lives today.

  • For grades 9-12
  • 30-60 minutes

This program is offered as a part of We Rule: Civics for All of US, a new education initiative from the National Archives that promotes civic literacy and engagement.

 

The Bill of Rights Protects You

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Kindergarten Class at Tule Lake "Segregation" Center, 9/1944

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In this program, students will explore the Bill of Rights and how it outlines both limits on government and the rights of the people. We will work together to analyze three case studies that underscore the remedies that citizens can use to address instances where their rights have been violated. This program will introduce students to the Bill of Rights and strengthen their civic understanding.

  • For grades 6-12
  • 40-60 minutes

This program is offered as a part of We Rule: Civics for All of US, a new education initiative from the National Archives that promotes civic literacy and engagement.

 

Decoding the Declaration

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The five-man committee presenting the draft of the Declaration of Independence, June 28, 1776. Painting by John Trumbull (1817) on display in the U.S. Capitol.

Guiding Question: What does the Declaration of Independence mean? 

Students will analyze the Declaration of Independence through different lenses, examining it as an artifact, as a primary source, and as a persuasive text. Students will consider the argument for independence, the key principles of the Declaration, and what the words means today.

  • For grades 9-12
  • 45-60 minutes

 

 

Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote

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Woman Suffrage Parade in Washington, DC, 3/3/1913

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Guiding Question: How can people influence the government?

Using the founding documents of the United States and records of the National Archives, students will determine how and why women fought for the right to vote. Students will explore the challenges suffragists faced and discover why the fight  for women’s voting rights persisted even after the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

  • For grades 9-12
  • 45-60 minutes

 

The Founding Documents: Building a More Perfect Union

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The Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights

Guiding Question: Why do the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights exist?

Students will analyze opening passages of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. They will create a graphic organizer to help them distinguish the founding documents by their purpose. Next, students will match document excerpts to each excerpt’s origin – the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, or the Bill of Rights. The program will conclude with a discussion about the legacy of these founding documents.

  • For grades 6-12
  • 45-60 minutes
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