Mary Walker

November Civics and History Activity

Directions: Click on the linked words to follow the link. Find the answer and write it on your answer sheet.
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You can use it to go to a web site someone has visited using the computer. (These getting back tips may be helpful)

Image: Dr. Mary E. Walker, Army Surgeon, Civil War, Medal of Honor recipient

1. On November 11, 1919, President Wilson proclaimed the first Armistice Day.
What is this federal holiday called today?

What does it recognize?


How does your community recognize this event?


2. On November 11, 1865, President Andrew Johnson awarded Dr. Mary E. Walker the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Which of her actions do you believe is the most remarkable?


Name another woman who served the United States during the Civil War.


Consider adopting a Medal of Honor Recipient from your state .


3. Why are general elections in the United States held the second Tuesday in November? (Video from TED Ed on YouTube)


What do you think? Should the day for elections be changed?


Use your Internet researching skills to answer these questions.

4. Six states have entered the Union in the month of November.
List three things that change when a new state enters the Union.



5. The Iroquois Confederacy inspired the American Colonists' development of the U.S. government.
What was the Confederacy?


How were their final decisions different from those made by most government organizations
in the United States today.


Genius - What group(s) of people, who were included in the Iroquois Confederacy, were excluded
in the Articles of Confederation and the U.S. Constitution of 1787?



6. On November 15, 1777, the Second Continental Congress agreed upon the Articles of Confederation.
What were three problems under this government?
(Use the Ben's Guide to U.S. Government web site to research your answer.)



7. On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln gave a famous speech.



Where was it delivered:


What was the speech about?


President Lincoln concludes his speech with a phrase that echoes through the decades.
He said, "and that government: of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from the earth."

Evaluate a level of government that impacts you. Does it fulfill President Lincoln's vision? Explain.



8. The first woman was elected to the US Congress on November 6, 1916.
Who was she?


Which state selected her?


What were two of her principle concerns?


Find out - When were most of the women, in the United States, given the constitutional right to vote?


9. There is an election for President in November every four years. The President is inaugurated in January of the next year.
If the President was not reelected, the time between the election and the new President taking the oath of office, is called the lame duck period.
Explain what the term "lame duck period" means.



10. Semper Fidelis. The U.S. Marine Corps was founded in Philadelphia, on Nov. 10, 1775,
in a tavern during the American Revolutionary War.
Read this essay
: Who are the Heroes?.

How should our nation honor those who are serving it, in war and peace?


Dishonesty in government is the business of every citizen.... It is not enough to do your own job.
There's no particular virtue in that. Democracy isn't a gift. It's a responsibility. Dalton Trumbo

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red checkmark Develop your own "November" Question. Use the "This Day in History" resource at | National Constitution Center Resources | Center for Civic Education - Public Policy Write your question and the answer on your answer sheet.

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How to: Make your own printer ready paper answer sheet with lines.


NCTE Standard 3 - Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts.
NCTE Standard 8 - Students use a variety of technology and information resources to gather, synthesize, and communicate knowledge.
PA Academic Standards - History, Civics and Government, Science and Technology, Reading Writing, Mathematics
ISTE Standard 3 - Technology productivity tools | ISTE Standard 5 - Technology research tools
Information Literacy Standards - Independent Learning | National Standards for Civics and Government