Civics Series: Rhode Island

The Center for Legislative Archives at the National Archives and the National Archives Foundation are pleased to provide free online civics workshop series for Rhode Island educators. Each session runs for approximately one hour.

What Congress Does and Why it Matters (December 15 @ 3:30pm ET)
Students collaboratively assemble a visual model depicting twenty congressional actions in a lesson that teaches the concepts of representation, separation of powers, and the constitutional role of Congress. They strengthen their understanding by analyzing primary sources and congressional actions.

The Impact of Racial Discrimination on Black American Lives in the Jim Crow Era (January 19 @ 3:30pm ET)
Students analyze documents from the holdings of the National Archives to assess the impact of legalized racial segregation on the lives of Black Americans from 1944 – 1960.

Teaching the Big Picture: Incorporating Photographs into Lesson Plans about Native Communities (February 16 @ 3:30pm ET)
Learn how to incorporate photographs from the National Archives into your lessons about American Indian communities. Educators will explore how to locate photographs in our holdings, the process of analyzing and interpreting primary source documents, and ways to contextualize the history depicted in the images. 

Teaching Treaties Primary Sources Related to Treaties with Native Communities (March 16 @ 3:30pm ET).
Educators learn how to incorporate primary sources related to American Indian treaties into lesson plans. Activities and resources from the National Archives include an overview of the National Archives’ treaties digitization project, and explore how to include discussions of American Indian treaties by looking closely at these important documents and their history.


*NOTE: Individual registration links are provided in the above texts. Questions? Contact Jim Doumas at