Educators in history and social studies may be interested in this collection of primary source documents provided by the National Archives through their educational platform DocsTeach (see the 5-23-2014 Scout Report). This particular collection focuses on historical turning points during the Nixon and Ford administrations from 1969-1977 with the aim of encouraging students to think critically about them. In the Featured Teaching Activities section, readers can choose among six classroom activities created by education teams at the National Archives, the Nixon Presidential Library, and the Ford Presidential Museum. Activity topics range from Nixon's roles in the Cold War and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency to Nixon's pardon by Ford, his successor as president. On the Primary Sources side, readers can explore digitized documents and photographs organized into topics such as President Nixon's Trip to China, Ending the War in Vietnam, and President Nixon's Resignation. Activities and primary sources in DocsTeach can be shared with Google Classroom, and teachers can also create, save, and share their own activities on DocsTeach by creating a free account. While this resource was compiled with educators in mind, any reader with an interest in this period of history will find much to contemplate here.
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