State History and Government


National Constitution Center Welcome to your one-stop civic education destination. Explore the museum’s innovative, engaging lesson plans, activities, and other materials. icivics engages students in meaningful civic learning. The National Archives in Washington, DC, is the permanent home of the United States Constitution. Celebrate and learn more about our federal government’s founding document with these nine activities and resources.

Rhode Island “The EnCompass project, utilizing images of primary sources and artifacts, aims to provide teachers with resources, content, and activities for their classrooms. The target audience for the digital textbook will be students in Grades 7-12 statewide, from public, private, charter, and homeschool classrooms. The scope of the textbook covers consequential topics within Rhode Island history, starting with Roger Williams and eventually including immigration, industrialization, suffrage, and much more. Created in partnership with the Museum of Work & Culture, The National Park Service, and The Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, these challenges are designed for people of all ages to explore the Industrial History of New England. Some of the challenge Activity Badges include:

  • – Laying the Foundation, offering historical background of the topic
  • – History Makers, focusing on the people who impacted the past
  • – Rhode Trip, exploring local sites related to the topic
  • – Living History, creating hands-on experiences to bring history to life
  • – Bridge Builders, making connections between local, national and global stories

Through completing the reading and writing requirements for these Activity badges, participants will also be able to earn their Logging and Review badges. “Free resources and experiential learning opportunities to help your students make connections between the past and the present, and understand their roles and responsibilities as participants in our democracy.” “Welcome to Woonsocket! Located in northeastern Rhode Island, Woonsocket is a city with a rich and varied past. A sleepy farming community until the 1800’s, Woonsocket became one of the nineteenth century’s great industrial centers.” “Blackstone Valley 101 is an interactive on-line learning program that gives an overview of the history and heritage of the valley, while explaining why this area is nationally significant.” (YouTube videos) Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park. The Blackstone River runs from Worcester, MA to Providence, RI. Its waters powered the Slater Mill in Pawtucket, RI, America’s first successful cotton spinning mill. This creative spark began the nation’s transformation from Farm to Factory. Today, the Blackstone River Valley is a special type of National Park – a living landscape containing thousands of natural and historic treasures. The Veterans Memorial Museum in Woonsocket, RI is a nonprofit organization founded with a mission to honor veterans and preserve history. We provide a large display of artifacts, from weapons and uniforms, to medals, and everyday items. YouTube videos presented by Blackstone Valley Tourism Council

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