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Primary Source-Based Curriculum

Our Primary Source-Based Curriculum units are designed to provide you with classroom-ready, standards based content and activities utilizing non-fiction texts from our archives.  Examples include letters to the president, White House meeting minutes, cables from foreign leaders, and much, much more. New documents are regularly de-classified and made available for you and your students to explore.

 

Kettering Issue Book & Moderator's Guide

Explore the issue of economic decision making in 1981.  Produced in partnership between the Office of Presidential Libraries and the National Issues Forum, the Reagan Library is pleased to share the attached Issue Book and Moderator's guide complete with original economic graphs, historical analysis and background to the considerations behind "Reaganomics."

 

Teaching History Through Art

The Teaching History Through Art curriculum was developed as a joint project among the Reagan Library, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and California Lutheran University. Utilizing photographs and paintings from across California, the curriculum engages students in developing visual literacy within a historical context.

 

The Great Communicator Files

Go behind the scenes of the presidential speechwriting team to examine how presidential speeches are written and delivered.

These units include original documents, notes from the president in his own handwriting and video of some of the most famous presidential speeches.

A student workbook, teacher answer quide, and “connecting to standards” information accompanies each Great Communicator File unit.

Picturing the Presidency

white housePicturing the Presidency: President Reagan and the Cold War is a comprehensive collection of original photographs, documents, and archival footage on the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union during the 1980s.

The unit is organized around summits, speeches, and other major events in the story of United States Soviet relations.

 

 

  1. Introduction to Picturing the Presidency
  2. Evangelical Association Address
    1. Cold War Card 2: Address to the National Association of Evangelicals
    2. Remarks at the Annual Convention of the National Association of Evangelicals in Orlando, Florida, March 8, 1983
    3. President’s Backup Copy: Address to the National Association of Evangelicals, March 8, 1983
    4. Draft of the President’s Address to the National Association of Evangelicals, March 8, 1983
    5. Download all four files in a .zip archive.
  3. Geneva Summit
    1. Cold War Card 3: Summit in Geneva, Switzerland
    2. Memorandum of Conversation, Reagan-Gorbachev Meetings in Geneva Second Plenary Meeting, November 19, 1985
    3. Memorandum of Conversation, Reagan-Gorbachev Meetings in Geneva Second Private Meeting, November 19, 1985
    4. Download all three files in a .zip archive.
  4. Strategic Defense Iniative
    1. Cold War Card 4: Strategic Defense Initiative
    2. President’s Backup Copy: Address on Defense, March 23, 1983
    3. Download both files in a .zip archive.
  5. Reykjavik Summit
    1. Cold War Card 5: Reykjavik Summit, Iceland
    2. Memorandum of Conversation, October 12, 1986
    3. Download both files in a .zip archive.
  6. Brandenburg Gate
    1. Cold War Card 6: Remarks on East-West Relations at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin
    2. President’s Backup Copy: Remarks at Brandenburg Gate Berlin, Germany, June 12, 1987
    3. Draft of the President’s Remarks at Brandenburg Gate Berlin, Germany, June 12, 1987
    4. Download all three files in a .zip archive.
  7. Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty
    1. Cold War Card 7: President Ronald Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev signing the INF Treaty in the East Room of the White House
    2. Remarks on Signing the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty December 8, 1987
    3. President’s Backup Copy: Signing Ceremony for I.N.F. Agreement Tuesday, December 8, 1987
    4. Download all three files in a .zip archive.
  8. Fall of the Berlin Wall
    1. Cold War Card 8: The Fall of the Berlin Wall
    2. Power Map of the World, Cold War Era
    3. Download both files in a .zip archive.
  9. Correspondence
    1. Correspondence Addressed to President Brezhnev From President Reagan August 24, 1981
    2. Correspondence Addressed to President Reagan From President Brezhnev October 15, 1981 (Translation and Original Version in Russian.)
    3. Correspondence Addressed to President Brezhnev From President Reagan November 17, 1981 (President Reagan’s Response Final Version and Draft.)
    4. Correspondence Addressed to General Secretary Andropov From President Reagan July 11, 1983
    5. Correspondence Addressed to President Reagan From General Secretary Andropov August 28, 1983
    6. Correspondence Addressed to General Secretary Gorbachev From President Reagan April 4, 1985
    7. Correspondence Addressed to General Secretary Gorbachev From President Reagan November 28, 1985
    8. Correspondence Addressed to President Reagan From General Secretary Gorbachev December 5, 1985
    9. Download all eight files in a .zip archive.

 

From the SourcePrimary source document

From the Source: Supporting Documents and Activities

America is a country of immigrants.  Yet, immigration policy remains one of our most pressing issues.  Take a look at the immigration debate in the 1980s by exploring the making of the last major piece of federal immigration legislation – the Immigration and Reform Act of 1986.

 

 

National Holiday Curriculum

Educators can delve into primary source documents directly from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Archives and work with Reagan Library educators to create a published guide for teachers. 

The Reagan Library education department creates a collection of document-based curriculum to enhance any commemoration or celebration of National Holidays.

National Holiday Workshops can be scheduled for U.S History or Government teachers. Receive more information by contacting us at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Constitution Day (Download both files as a .zip archive.

Presidents Day (Download both files as a .zip archive.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Download all 5 files as a .zip archive.

Thanksgiving Proclomation [Temporarily Unavailable]

 

 

 

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