Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics

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Environmental Studies

Summary: The lesson plans available from Dole Archives Education are categorized into three tabs - KUCSS, STEM, and Document Discovery.

  • KUCSS – Kansas University Council for the Social Studies – is an undergraduate education student group affiliated with the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS). The Public Education Coordinator mentors students and assists on presentations at NCSS’s annual national conference. The KU students, in turn, produce high quality, peer- and teacher-reviewed lesson plans with classroom experience.
  • STEM brings together environmental studies and archival research. This lesson plan unites Dole Archives and Library of Congress materials to produce a focused look at scientific patents and how they affect our everyday lives.
  • Document Discovery contains materials used in outreach and on-site workshops taught by the Public Education Coordinator.

Online materials: PDFs and links to dropbox folders

 

Title: One Person’s Journey toward Equality for Those with Disabilities: Moving from the Personal to Global. -- Senator Bob Dole & 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Description: These instructional materials include background on Senator Bob Dole’s life prior to and after his injury in WWII, which set the foundation for his later life as a public servant.

Grade level: Middle and High School

Authors: Joe O’Brien, Tina M. Ellsworth, Caitlin Scheckel and Chris Fellows

Contributors: Audrey Coleman, Senior Archivist, Dole Institute of Politics. Acknowledgements: Thank you to Zach White, Social Studies Teacher at Greensburg High School in Greensburg, Kansas, for his feedback on the materials.

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Title: Senator Bob Dole and the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act; Bipartisanship and the ADA: Past, Present, and Future

Description: In this lesson, students will explore the meaning of bipartisanship through practice and critical thinking. In practice, students have the opportunity to challenge real life situations and decisions through the application of the Accessibility for Disabilities Act on the local and federal level.

Grade level: Middle and High School

Authors: Chris Fellows, Joe Segraves, and Eric McGrane

Contributors: Audrey Coleman, Senior Archivist, Dole Institute of Politics; Joe O’Brien, University of Kansas; Tina Ellsworth, University of Kansas. Acknowledgements: Thank you to Zach White, Social Studies Teacher at Greensburg High School in Greensburg, Kansas; and Mark Schiltz, Bonner Springs High School, Bonner Springs, Kansas for their feedback on the materials.

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Title: The ADA Goes Global: United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Description: During this two day lesson students use primary sources to analyze arguments that were presented in 2012 when the U.S. Senate considered the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). In separate groups students first consider one argument in depth and then present each argument to their peers in a second group. The class then comes together to deliberate whether the U. S. should ratify the CRPD. This lesson helps students to understand the mechanisms for treaty ratification, as well as the consequences of ratifying the CRPD. Additionally, students practice valuable skills in document analysis and argumentation.

Grade level: 9-12 (Civics, Government)

Authors: Kelsey Consolver, Sean Duff, Ben Honeycutt, Joey Franzitta, Josh Lutz, and Julie Bergene, Public Education Coordinator – Dole Institute of Politics

Contributors: Joe O’Brien, University of Kansas and Tina Ellsworth, University of Kansas

Presented as part of the session, "Commemorate Social Justice: Bipartisanship and the ADA!" at the National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference on November 14, 2015, in New Orleans, LA.

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Title: Government Food Programs Across Time: A Healthy Recipe for Equity and Peace?

Description: This lesson plan is designed to introduce students to the idea of food and hunger’s role in inequality and the government’s ability to address inequality through food programs such as WIC, Food for Peace, Food Stamps, and School Lunches.

Grade level: 9-12 (Civics, Government)

Authors: Kelsey Consolver, Josh Lutz, Noel Miller, McKenna Jones, Kate Ebbert, Ashley Singharaj

Contributors: Joe O’Brien, Tina Ellsworth, and Julie Bergene

Presented as part of the session, "When Liberty and Equality Collide: Discrimination within Equal Protection Clause?" at the National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference on December 3, 2016 in Washington, D.C.

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Title: What’s the Problem with Patents?

Description: This lesson plan was designed in class collaboration within a Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources grant.

Overview: Patents are an integral part of American lives whether it is recognized or not. A brief history of patents via primary sources is related to public access to research findings and how this may affect ethics in the future.

Objectives: Students will be able to:

  • Analyze a variety of 20th century primary sources to scrutinize patents over time.
  • Identify sources of discussion with patent laws and how they can be subject to bioethics.
  • Debate in a professional manner about bioethics and how it relates to government legislation.

Investigative Question: How have federally funded scientific innovations and patents enhanced the American public’s access to new technologies?

Grade level: 9-12 (Biology, History, Social Studies)

Also see: Connect with primary sources on water, air, and climate change in the archives - http://dolearchives.ku.edu/topics_environment

For more information contact the Public Education Coordinator for a more through lesson plan and tips on teaching in your classroom - Julie Bergene

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Title: Document Debate: Before the 26th Amendment - The 18-year-old Right to Vote

Description: A look at two 1969 constituent letters from the Dole Archives highlighting opposing views on whether 18-year-olds should have the right to vote in the United States.

Essential Question: Should 18-year-olds have the right to vote and make decisions for our country?

Grade level: Middle - High school

For more information contact the Public Education Coordinator for a more through lesson plan and tips on teaching in your classroom - Julie Bergene

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Title: Document Debate: A look at the Americans with Disabilities Act

Description: The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law by President H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990. Four primary sources from the Dole Archives illustrate the process of government and address how community problems can lead to legislation. The Dole Personal Story and ADA Facts are part of the pro-ADA legislation side, and the other two documents, the Unfunded Mandate news article and the Vachon Memo, highlight opposition to the law. Comparing and contrasting these documents will prompt a class discussion. Hopefully students will understand that there is no wrong or right side, just different viewpoints on legislation and how to help people the most.

Essential Question: How has ADA affected lives? Is this issue complete yet?

Grade level: Middle - High school

Also see: Connect with the ADA online exhibit - http://dolearchivecollections.ku.edu/collections/ada/

For more information contact the Public Education Coordinator for a more through lesson plan and tips on teaching in your classroom - Julie Bergene

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