Developed by the American Federation of Teachers and TSL Education, Share My Lesson is a place where educators can come together to share their greatest teaching resources and collaborate on best practices at no cost. Share My Lesson features a significant resource bank aligned to the Common Core State Standards, including advice and guidance to aid in their successful implementation.
This collection gives teachers access to foundational principles of democracies including rule of law, limited government and checks and balances. It can be used to build background knowledge to analyze the health of our democracy over time and in today’s environment.
Essential Questions include:
- What systems attempt to limit government power?
- Where does the government gain its authority in a democracy?
- What is the rule of law and how does it play out in democracies?
- What are ways of measuring the health of a democracy?
- What recourses are in place to ensure the health of democracy?
Learn more about how the meaning of Labor Day, labor history, and how Labor Day got its name with these free resources from Share My Lesson. How do labor unions work? What impact have they had on the course of history, particularly in the United States? As the American Federation of Teachers celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2016, Share My Lesson has curated a collection of lesson plans, activities and resources to help you explore explore labor history with your K-12 students.
On July 4 each year, the United States celebrates Independence Day. This day commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, in which citizens of the thirteen colonies of America announced their break from the British Empire and their intention to form a new nation: the United States of America. Use this collection to find free lesson plans, activities and materials to help you celebrate the Fourth of July with your students.
The Share My Lesson team has selected a variety of free lesson plans, educational resources and classroom materials to support teachers as they celebrate Constitution Week in their classes.
The Share My Lesson team has highlighted free lesson plans, activities and classroom materials that you can use to commemorate this historic anniversary with your students.
The Share My Lesson team has highlighted some free lesson plans, worksheets and activities to help teachers celebrate African-American History Month in their classrooms.
The Share My Lesson team has selected a variety of free lesson plans, educational resources and classroom materials to support teachers as they celebrate Election Day in their classes, or teach their students about the US political system throughout the school year.
Presidents’ Day is a U.S holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February. This holiday was first established in 1885 as “Washington’s Birthday” to celebrate President George Washington’s birthday on February 22. In 1971, the federal government renamed the holiday Presidents’ Day to honor all US presidents, past and present. The Share My Lesson team has selected a variety of free lesson plans, educational resources and classroom materials to support teachers as they celebrate Presidents’ Day.
Each year, on the final Monday of May, we celebrate Memorial Day. Memorial Day is a solemn day where we remember the men and women of the United States Armed Forces who died while serving our country. The Share My Lesson team has put together a collection of free lesson plans, materials and activities that honor our nation’s fallen soldiers by exploring the importance of Memorial Day and learning about the wars that caused so many casualties.
Martin Luther King Jr., arguably the 20th century’s most famous civil rights leader, was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968. King’s last speech was a testament to his commitment to the labor movement, showing recognition that labor’s fight for economic justice and dignity were intertwined with the civil rights movement. Here are some teaching resources that will deepen your students’ understanding of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement.