Students Investigating Primary Sources

Students Investigating Primary Sources (or SIPS) is a K-12 collection of brief introductory mini-lessons centered on particular topics and primary sources developed in partnership with the National Archives.


Elementary

Thinking Through Timelines: Inching Toward Independence
A Short Activity for Second Grade
 Question: Why do we celebrate Independence Day?
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Thinking Through Timelines: Creating the Constitution
A Short Activity for Third Grade 
Question: Why do we celebrate Constitution Day?
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Guidance on Government: State Edition
A Short Activity for Fourth Grade 
Question: How does the Florida Constitution organize the government? 
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Guidance on Government: Federal Edition
A Short Activity for Fifth Grade 
Question: How does the U.S. Constitution organize the government? 
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Middle School

Presenting Political Parties
A Short Activity for Middle School Civics
Question: What is the impact of political parties?
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Big Civics Ideas Through Political Cartoons
A Short Activity for Middle School Civics
Question: How do the political cartoons illustrate big civics ideas?
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Middle School & High School

Decoding the Declaration, Celebrate Freedom Week Part I
A Short Activity for High School and Middle School
Question: What did declaring independence say about the importance of rights?
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Intentions for Independence, Celebrate Freedom Week Part II
A Short Activity for High School and Middle School
Question: How do the political cartoons illustrate big civics ideas?
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Rhetoric of Revolution, Celebrate Freedom Week Part III
A Short Activity for High School and Middle School
Question: How does language intensify the message of the Declaration of Independence?
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Forward to the Future, Celebrate Freedom Week Part IV
A Short Activity for High School and Middle School
Question: How are the ideas from the Declaration of Independence connected to our government today?
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Anyone Home?
A Short Activity for High School and Middle School
Question: How does this political cartoon illustrate the lawmaking process?
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Big Civics Ideas Through Political Cartoons
A Short Activity for High School and Middle School
Question: How do the political cartoons illustrate big civics ideas??
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Suiting Up
A Short Activity for High School and Middle School
Question: How does this political cartoon illustrate the concept of checks and balances?
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High School

Arguing Arkansas: Analyzing the Impact of Eisenhower’s Little Rock Speech
A Short Activity for High School U.S. History and U.S. Government
Question: How did civil rights conflicts affect American society during the Eisenhower era?
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Immigration Inquiry
A Short Activity for High School U.S. History
Question: How did the U.S. treatment toward Chinese immigrants compare with treatment toward European immigrants?
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Pestering With a Purpose: Arguing Women’s Right to Vote
A Short Activity for High School U.S. Government
Question: How is this document an illustration of civic and political participation?
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Suffering Through Suffrage: Arguing Women’s Right to Vote
A Short Activity for High School U.S. History
Question: Why do the authors oppose woman suffrage?
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Thinking Through Timelines: World War I
A Short Activity for High School U.S. History
Question: How do the political cartoons depict the United States’ involvement in World War I?
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Big Civics Ideas Through Political Cartoons
A Super-Sized Activity for High School U.S. History
Question: How do the political cartoons illustrate big ideas in U.S. History?
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Representing Congress: An E-Book from the National Archives

Representing Congress: Clifford K. Berryman’s Political Cartoons (English)
This e-book was created by the staff at the Center for Legislative Archives at the National Archives.
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Representando al Congreso: Caricaturas Políticas de Clifford K. Berryman (Español)
El eBook fue creado por el personal del Centro de Archivos Legislativo, una parte de los Archivos Nacionales.
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