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"We the People": Flash Card Activity and Template

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Civics +4 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old), Post-Secondary

This collection includes a variety of resources on the theme, "We the People," a template document  for teachers to create their own  flashcard activity with Learning Lab images, and strategies to use them.

This collection was created for the 2018 cohort of the Smithsonian-Montgomery College Faculty Fellowship Program on the theme, "We the People: America's Grand and Radical Experiment with Democracy." But anyone can use it.

Strategies: Begin by selecting your own set of images. (Feel free to copy this collection and then adapt as you like.) When creating your flashcards, use the template from the last learning tile, and add relevant text diagonally below the object. Print double-sided flipping on the SHORT side.

After distributing the cards, have students select one or two that speak to them. Then have them discuss the following questions in groups and share out.

Supporting Questions:
What themes do you see?
Do you see these themes across the objects and over time?

Essential Questions:
Using these images, define American Democracy.
What other resources might you use to tell a fuller story?


Keywords: #MCteach


No Stamp Act Teapot

National Museum of American History

Pamphlet, "Where is Democracy?"

National Museum of American History

Star-Spangled Banner, NMHT

Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Time Vol. 188 No. 13

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Campaign Thimble

National Museum of American History

John R. Lewis

National Portrait Gallery

T-Shirt, "Feminist and Proud"

National Museum of American History

Planting in the Garden

National Museum of American History

Statue of Liberty Hanukkah Lamp, 1986

National Museum of American History

The World Made Safe for Democracy [drawing] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum

The March of Democracy

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Button, "Support Disability Rights"

National Museum of American History

button, Attitudes Are The Real Disability

National Museum of American History

Poster, "Equality is Not a Special Right"

National Museum of American History

Study 2 + 142b

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Nation to Nation

National Museum of the American Indian

Button, NOW

National Museum of American History

Woman Suffrage Postcard

National Museum of American History

Big Brother and the Holding Company with Janis Joplin

National Museum of American History

Chicago Eight: Join the Conspiracy

National Portrait Gallery

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

National Air and Space Museum

Woman Suffrage Postcard

National Museum of American History

Boycott Grapes Protest Button

National Museum of American History

Dolores Huerta

National Portrait Gallery

Richard and Mildred Loving

National Portrait Gallery

Broadside for "Men of Color" Recruitment

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Anti-Woman Suffrage Figurine

National Museum of American History

Frederick Douglass

National Portrait Gallery

Photograph: Suffrage Procession, 1917

National Museum of American History

Universal Access Flag Lap Blanket

National Museum of American History

Preamble

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Woman Suffrage Fan

National Museum of American History

Poster, "Listen Up!", 1996

National Museum of American History

Button, "Vote For Me Too"

National Museum of American History

César Chávez

National Portrait Gallery

The Return to Aztlan

National Portrait Gallery

button, Not Dead Yet

National Museum of American History

box

National Museum of American History

Poster, Si Se Puede Boycott Lettuce and Grapes

National Museum of American History

Break Reaction's Grip

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Alice Paul’s "Jailed for Freedom" Pin

National Museum of American History

Campaign Button, "Reagan", 1980

National Museum of American History

War Stamp and Bond Drive Poster

National Museum of American History

Woman Suffrage Wagon

National Museum of American History