The 20 enjoyable, interactive classroom activities that are included will help your students understand the text in amusing ways. Fun Classroom Activities include group projects, games, critical thinking activities, brainstorming sessions, writing poems, drawing or sketching, and more that will allow your students to interact with each other, be creative, and ultimately grasp key concepts from the text by "doing" rather than simply studying.
1. A Conversation Between Two Presidents
If Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Jackson could discuss civil liberties, what would each man say about the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus? Write a scene between Lincoln and Jackson where each man describes and defends his position on the repression of civil liberties.
2. Mock Military Commission
With groups of 3-4 classmates, hold a mock Military Commission similar to the kind that might have existed during the Civil War. Assign students to the prosecution, defense and judiciary committee. The...
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