While the Declaration of Independence stated that all men were created equal, no one really meant it until the 14th Amendment to the Constitution in 1868. You want to make sure your students take this seriously today, unlike the Founding Fathers who waited about a hundred years.
In this guide you will find
quizzes to help the students to read between the lines of historical documents.
historical connections to the Civil Rights Movement.
modern citations showing that people still argue about what "equal protection" really means.
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What's Inside Shmoop's Civics Teaching Guides
Shmoop is a labor of love from folks who love to teach. Our teaching guides will help you supplement in-classroom learning with fun, engaging, and relatable learning materials that bring civics to life.
Inside each guide you'll find quizzes, activity ideas, discussion questions, and more—all written by experts and designed to save you time. Here are the deets on what you get with your teaching guide:
4-10 Common Core-aligned activities (including quotation, image, and document analysis) to complete in class with your students, with detailed instructions for you and your students.
Discussion and essay questions for all levels of students.
Reading quizzes to be sure students are looking at the material through various lenses.
Resources to help make the topic feel more relevant to your 21st-century students.
A note from Shmoop’s teachers to you, telling you what to expect from teaching the topic and how you can overcome the hurdles.