Welcome to the online version of
The American Promise teaching guide, Keeping the Promise. You'll
find tips here for putting the program to work in your classroom,
from teachers who are using The American Promise.
Winter Edition Edition, vol.5, issue 2
The Vocabulary of Freedom
1 - Vocabulary of Freedom
- Comunity Surveys
- Sorting Blocks
- The Balancing Act
- Do I know you?
- Where Are the Lines
- What are you Willing to Give up
by Pam Whiffen
- United We Stand
- Participate in My Own Way
- Quick Check Participation
- Characterisitcs of a Leader
- Participation: It takes all of us
Exercise 1 -
Young and Homeless in the Great Depression
Exercise 2 -
The New Deal
Exercise 3 -
Exercise 4 -
Causes of the Great Depression
Exercise 5 -
"Facts" About the Homeless
Exercise 6 -
One Third of a Nation
Exercise 7 -
Reporting the Depression
Exercise 8 -
The Great Depression: A Questionaire
Exericse 9 -
Ten Basic Facts about Unemployment
- Boy and Girl Camps
Pam Whiffen, a teacher at Palo Verde Middle School in Phoenix, uses
The American Promise to support cross-curricular lessons. This is
Pam Whiffen's description of how she teaches Freedom.
Small, Win Big
You don't have to jump in and do a semester's worth of The American
Promise. Here are some low-risk, high-yield ideas for using the
program in your classroom.
Lane: Five Ways to Start Today
Quick ways you can put The American Promise to work for you today.
Use it to help students tell better stories, debate the effect of
TV on their news, or discuss the reliability of history as portrayed
in their textbooks.
Wolves in the Curriculum
Use this segment on wolves to get your class to discuss science,
immigration and even economics.