Rights Responsibilities Climate Change

How should individual rights and liberties be balanced with the common good in matters related to land as well as water, air, and other natural resources? Download Primary Source Set: Rights Responsibilities Climate Change

This set uses documents from the court case Juliana v. United States to examine the rights and responsibilities of citizens and the federal government during the era of climate change, with a comparison to a similar case in the Netherlands.

How are Resources Allocated

How are resources allocated? Download Primary Source Set: How are Resources Allocated

This set looks at allocation of resources with the use of scarcity as the lens. Factors of Production will be defined, as will physical and human capital. The inquiry set will focus on personal decisions regarding use of resources as well as societal/national use of resources.

Nations and Terrorism

How do individual countries combat terrorist organizations that don’t recognize international norms or boundaries? Download Primary Source Set: Nations and Terrorism

This inquiry set asks students to analyze various documents related to terrorism, government responses to terrorism, and international attempts to understand and curtail advocacy of terrorism.

Social Activism and the Media

How has the internet revolution impacted journalism and what are its effects on the coverage of public affairs and current issues? Download Primary Source Set: Social Activism and the Media 

This inquiry set asks students to compare the stories of Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin with a specific focus on media coverage of each event.

Dangers of Majority Rule

What are the dangers of majority rule? Download Primary Source Set: Dangers of Majority Rule: Redlining 

This inquiry set examines the ways in which the majority of people in a society can present a danger for those who occupy the minority. The controversy around California’s 1964 vote on Proposition #14 and its impact on fair housing for communities of people facing discrimination are the grounds for this analysis.

Government - Federalism (Native Boarding Schools)

What level of government is the most important to me – local, state, tribal, or federal? Download Primary Source Set: Federalism  

This inquiry set asks students to consider how different levels of government affected Native American children over the course of the 20th century through case study on boarding schools. The U.S. government used coercive methods to institutionalize Native American children in boarding schools across the country, in places far from their families and homelands.

Government - Judicial Review

What makes a law or action unconstitutional and does that determination ever change? Download Primary Source Set: Judicial Review 

The courts play a unique role among the three branches in that the framers intended the courts to be insulated from public opinion in order to independently interpret the laws. Students begin their study of the work of the Court by reviewing in Marbury v. Madison (1803), to answer the question, What is judicial review and how does it work?

Government Power

How much power should the government have over its citizens? Download Primary Source Set: Government Power

This inquiry set asks students to consider foundational government documents that address the nature of the power of government.


What does it mean to be a citizen? How has the meaning of citizenship changed over time? Download Primary Source Set: Citizenship Over Time 

This inquiry set offers legal and historical definitions of citizenship. Students learn about the ways in which the meaning of citizenship has been contested and reshaped over time by court challenges, political decisions, and shifts in immigration.

Data and Unemployment

How does data help to tell the story of the economy? Download Primary Source Set: Unemployment 

This lesson focuses on how unemployment data can help tell us the story of the economy today. Using historical and current data, students will be able to determine if the current unemployment is high or low. In order to do so, students will:

● analyze data through various formats — graphs, charts, tables, and in text

● identify the source of the data