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McCulloch v. Maryland DBQ Lesson Plan
  • Social Studies
  • High School
In this early federalism case, the Court ruled that the federal government had the power to create a national bank. It held that the creation of a...
Korematsu v. U.S. DBQ Lesson Plan
  • Social Studies
  • High School
Japanese people began immigrating to the United States at the end of the 19th Century. Moving from Hawaii to the Western states, they came in large...
Dred Scott v. Sanford DBQ Lesson Plan
  • Social Studies
  • High School
This decision declared the Missouri Compromise unconstitutional. The ruling held that people of African descent were not citizens under Article III...
Discussing Controversial Topics:  The Second Amendment
  • Social Studies
  • MS, HS
In July of 2012, a gunman opened fire in a crowded movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 and wounding 58. In early August of that year, six...