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Primary Source-Based Curriculum

Our Primary Source-Based Curriculum units are designed to provide you with classroom-ready, standards based content and activities utilizing non-fiction texts from our archives.  Examples include letters to the president, White House meeting minutes, cables from foreign leaders, and much, much more. New documents are regularly de-classified and made available for you and your students to explore.

All curriculum is available online under "Downloads" to the left.

 

Kettering Issue Book & Moderator's Guide

Explore the issue of economic decision making in 1981.  Produced in partnership between the Office of Presidential Libraries and the National Issues Forum, the Reagan Library is pleased to share the attached Issue Book and Moderator's guide complete with original economic graphs, historical analysis and background to the considerations behind "Reaganomics."

 

Teaching History Through Art

The Teaching History Through Art curriculum was developed as a joint project among the Reagan Library, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and California Lutheran University. Utilizing photographs and paintings from across California, the curriculum engages students in developing visual literacy within a historical context.

 

The Great Communicator Files

Go behind the scenes of the presidential speechwriting team to examine how presidential speeches are written and delivered.

These units include original documents, notes from the president in his own handwriting and video of some of the most famous presidential speeches.

A student workbook, teacher answer quide, and “connecting to standards” information accompanies each Great Communicator File unit.

  1. Pointe du Hoc Speech File

One of two World War II commemorative speech files available in this series; the Pointe du Hoc speech file makes an excellent addition to any unit on World War II; presidential Speechmaking; and commemorative speeches. 

  1. Omaha Beach Speech File

One of two World War II commemorative speech files available in this series; the Pointe du Hoc speech file makes an excellent addition to any unit on World War II; presidential Speechmaking; and commemorative speeches. 

  1. Challenger Speech File

When crisis strikes, the Commander in Chief is expected to address the nation.

Picturing the Presidency

white housePicturing the Presidency: President Reagan and the Cold War is a comprehensive collection of original photographs, documents, and archival footage on the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union during the 1980s.

The unit is organized around summits, speeches, and other major events in the story of United States Soviet relations.

 

 

From the SourcePrimary source document

America is a country of immigrants.  Yet, immigration policy remains one of our most pressing issues.  Take a look at the immigration debate in the 1980s by exploring the making of the last major piece of federal immigration legislation – the Immigration and Reform Act of 1986.

    1. Correspondence

    2. Policy

    3. Supporting Documents and Activities

 

 

National Holiday Curriculum

Educators can delve into primary source documents directly from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Archives and work with Reagan Library educators to create a published guide for teachers. 

The Reagan Library education department creates a collection of document-based curriculum to enhance any commemoration or celebration of National Holidays.

National Holiday Workshops can be scheduled for U.S History or Government teachers. Receive more information by contacting us at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

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