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Who's It For?
Anyone who needs help learning or mastering U.S. documents and speeches material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about U.S. documents and speeches. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who have fallen behind in understanding the significance of the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address, and other significant documents and speeches
- Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning U.S. history (visual or auditory)
- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who need an efficient way to learn about U.S. documents and speeches
- Students who struggle to understand their teachers
- Students who attend schools without extra U.S. history learning resources
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Students Will Review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in a U.S. documents and speeches unit of a standard SAT prep course. Topics covered include:
- Passages from the Great Global Conversation
- An analysis of the Declaration of Independence
- A review of the British reply to the Declaration
- An examination of the Articles of Confederation
- The Constitution of the United States
- Summary of the Bill of Rights
- Evaluation of The Federalist Papers
- Historical analysis of the Treaty of Paris
- Significance of the Gettysburg Address
- Main tenants of the Emancipation Proclamation
- Summary of Freedom's Battle
- Elizabeth Cady and 'The Declaration of Sentiments'
- Thoreau's 'Civil Disobedience'
- Analysis of 'Letter from Birmingham Jail'
1. The Great Global Conversation: Reading Passages on the SAT
The SAT has questions based on a text from the Great Global Conversation about freedom, justice, and human rights. In this lesson, we'll examine what the Great Global Conversation is, and what students can expect from this type of question on the SAT.
2. The Declaration of Independence: Summary & Analysis
The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in U.S. History and led to the country's independence from Great Britain. In this lesson, we will review the main components of this important document.
3. British Reply to the Declaration: Summary & Analysis
The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in United States history. Most of us know the charges against King George III. But what about his reaction? In this lesson, we will discuss his reply to the declaration.
4. The Articles of Confederation: Summary & Analysis
In this lesson, we will discuss the background leading to the Articles of Confederation. We will then summarize the different articles contained in the document and analyze their importance.
5. The Constitution of the United States: Summary & Analysis
The United States Constitution is one of the most important documents in history. In this lesson, we will summarize its components, including the preamble, articles, and its first ten amendments.
6. The Bill of Rights: Summary & Analysis
Why do Americans have certain freedoms? This lesson reviews the events leading to the Bill of Rights. It also summarizes each of the ten amendments and analyzes the importance of each one.
7. The Federalist Papers: Summary & Analysis
The Federalist Papers are one of the most important documents in American history. The letters played a large role in ratifying the Constitution by teaching the public why the Constitution was needed and what exactly it contained.
8. Treaty of Paris: Summary & Analysis
In this lesson, we will discuss the Treaty of Paris and the events that led up to its signing. After summarizing the treaty, we will analyze its aftermath.
9. Gettysburg Address: Summary & Analysis
This lesson discusses the Gettysburg Address, one of the most famous speeches in American history. Learn more about what Abraham Lincoln's speech means and test your knowledge with a quiz.
10. Emancipation Proclamation: Summary & Analysis
In this lesson, we will discuss the background of the Civil War and the role of slavery. We will then define the Emancipation Proclamation, summarize its key points, and then analyze the effects that it had on the Civil War and the United States.
11. Freedom's Battle: Summary & Analysis
''Freedom's Battle'' is a 1922 collection of essays and speeches by Indian activist Mahatma Gandhi. They express Gandhi's opposition to British rule and his philosophy of passive resistance.
12. Declaration of Sentiments: Elizabeth Cady
The Declaration of Sentiments was one of the most important documents of the women's movement of the 19th century. Read about the Declaration's author, origins and goals, then test yourself.
13. Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience: Summary and Analysis
Henry David Thoreau wrote the essay Civil Disobedience to show his opposition to slavery and American imperialism. His essay has influenced many prominent civil rights activists, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
14. Henry David Thoreau's Walden: Summary and Analysis
Henry David Thoreau was one of the most influential transcendental American writers and Walden was one of the movement's most important works. Let's explore why.
15. Letter from Birmingham Jail: Summary & Analysis
Martin Luther King, Jr. takes on and beats nine tough criticisms in his 'Letter from Birmingham Jail.' Discover the hidden structure and radical rhetorical power of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s most widely-read text.
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