How to Read a Document

These primary source document guides and workbooks can be used in any history or government class to introduce students to several historical and contemporary documents found in the National Archives.
These guides and workbooks include instruction on the reading and use of broadcast media, government cables, charts and tables, political cartoons and more.

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Economic Policy National Issues Forum

Explore the issue of economic decision making in 1981. We are pleased to share the Issue Book and Moderator's Guide complete with original economic graphs, historical analysis and background behind "Reaganomics".

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Media Literacy: Truth and News

Media literacy curriculum is created using both contemporary and historical documents from the National Archives and Records Administration. Curriculum is classroom-ready and is designed to be used to help students identify and recognize bias in the media. 

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Presidential Speech Making and Specch Writing

Go behind the scenes of presidential speech writing 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.

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Immigration Policy: From the Source

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.

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President Reagan and the Cold War

Picturing 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.

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National Holiday Curriculum

The Reagan Library education department created a collection of document-based curriculum to enhance the commemoration or celebration of several U.S. National Holidays.

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1980 Presidential Election

Based on newly released documents from the Reagan-Bush 1980 campaign; This curriculum will help your students explore United States presidential election from the inside.

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