I put this WebQuest together in December of 2012. The core of the content is taken from an assignment on the website cicerohistory.org, although a fair number of the links on Cicero were dead, so I replaced them with different ones. Like any good teacher, I saw a resource, took it, and personalized it. Please feel free to do the same.
This WebQuest addresses the following Washington State 8th Grade Social Studies Standards:
History 4.1.2, part 2: Understands how the following themes and developments help to define eras in U.S. history from 1776 to 1900: Fighting for independence and framing the Constitution(1776—1815).
Civics 1.1.1: Understands key ideals and principles outlined in the Declaration of Independence, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, the U.S. Constitution, including the rule of law, separation of powers, representative government, and popular sovereignty, and the Bill of Rights, including due process and freedom of expression.
Geography 3.2.1: Analyzes how the environment has affected people and how people have affected the environment in the United States in the past or present.
Much thanks is given to the writers and webmasters of cicerohistory.org, an invaluable resource for the teaching of US History. My district received a lifelong membership to the Cicero site via the federal Teaching American History grant.
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