Invite Your Students to Take the United States Citizenship Quiz

  • Nov 16, 2016


If you’re a history or social studies teacher, you no doubt recognize the importance of incorporating  current events into your curricula whenever possible—as a way of illustrating a civics concept, perhaps, or to demonstrate how even long-ago events can have a direct impact on the present.

Our friends at History Classroom understand this, and over the years they have developed an impressive collection of study guides and classroom activities that can help you do these things effectively.

Take, for example, their Citizenship Quiz study guide.

With all the debate these days about citizenship, teachers have a perfect opportunity to help students consider not only the importance of this personal status, but the responsibilities that come along with it. On the History Classroom website you’ll find both the long and short versions of the actual quiz that aspiring Americans must pass in order to gain citizenship. Students can take this quiz for themselves, and then deepen their understanding by taking part in related classroom activities, which are outlined in the accompanying study guide.

The exercises touch on United States history, civics, and government, and are geared toward students in grades 5-12.

You’ll find both the quiz and the study guide on History Classroom’s website.

Check it out for yourself. And to help us keep you informed about other free educational resources and programs, please be sure to bookmark this site and follow us on Twitter.

—Stephen Vincent D’Emidio



An Historic Development

  • Apr 26, 2016


With the recent announcement that abolitionist Harriet Tubman (right) will replace President Andrew Jackson on the face of our $20 bill comes a great educational opportunity comprising history, social studies, civil rights, and government studies—a teachable moment that springs from a little slice of history that’s unfolding right before our eyes, and, more to the point, right before the eyes of our students.

With that in mind, our friends at History Classroom have made available a free, downloadable study guide entitled Redesigning Our Nation’s Currency, a handy overview of the history and process of American currency redesign. Also included are suggested classroom activities and links for further study.

If you decide to investigate this resource you’ll no doubt quickly determine that it was created back when the only bill under consideration for redesign was the 10. Now we’re doing three bills, but the study guide certainly holds up as a tool for educators seeking to help students of all ages navigate this important story.

See for yourself on History Classroom’s website.

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—Stephen Vincent D’Emidio

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Image credits:
Harriet Tubman: Ohio History Connection (OHC), dated circa 1887 by H.G. Smith, Studio Building, Boston.
$20 bill: Wikipedia; public domain