English & History Common Core Non-Fiction Texts
Essential Questions for Inquiry-based learning
NYCDOE Social Studies Scope & Sequence Social Studies HS
United States History
What sparks a revolution?
In what ways does revolution transform society?
What do a country’s laws reveal about its culture?
How real are heros?
How does art influence history? To what extent does art reflect history or shape it?
Why are precedents turning points?
How do actions born of necessity transition or develop into lifestyle choice?
The concept of manifest destiny is as old as the first New England settlements. Without using the words, John Winthrop articulated the concept in his famous sermon, the Arbella Covenant (1630), when he said: " ... for we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill, the eyes of all people are upon us; ..." Winthrop exhorts his listeners to carry on God's mission and to set a shining example for the rest of the world. From this beginning, the concept has had religious, social, economic, and political consequences. The words manifest destiny were first used by editor John L. O'Sullivan in 1845.
Reuben, Paul P. "PAL: Appendix T: Manifest Destiny." PAL: Perspectives in American Literature- A Research and Reference Guide.
Study Guide for Thomas Paine's Rights of Man
Study Guide for the U.S. Constitution
Study Unit Philosophy of the American Revolution
Study Unit Foundations of American Government
In arguably the most famous speech of the American Revolution, Virginian Patrick Henry moves that Virginia arm its militia in anticipation of war.
Code of Hammurabi 18th Century BCE