That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back Fun Activities

Thomas Friedman
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News Article

Ask students to look in their local newspaper for an article that involves some aspect of the text and bring it to class. They will present it in front of the class and explain why it relates to the text or persons.

Political Debate

Give students the opportunity to recreate a past political event or a contemporary one discussed in the book. Students may vote on the winner.

Presidential History

Give students the opportunity to conduct research as necessary and complete a presentation which compares two past U.S. Presidents discussed in the book.

Draw a Person from the Narrative

Have students draw their interpretation of a person from the text. Artistic ability is not important, but their drawings must reflect the type of costume worn by the person, whether the person is fat or thin, bald, prim, or sloppy. What colors...

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