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Teacher's Guide: Hints for the Active Learning Questions

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  1. Among other sources, students may want to consult the Web site of the Assemblies of God, the world's largest Pentecostal denomination.

  2. You may want to work with groups as they consider which of the tables in the Historical Statistics are most appropriate as subjects for their graphs. For example, in Chapter C (Migration), the table labeled Series C89-119 shows the growing number of immigrants from (mostly non-Protestant) southern and eastern Europe in the late 1800s and early 1900s.


History | Religion | Culture | Civics

  1. This activity would provide a good springboard for a class discussion on the importance of respecting one another's beliefs regarding religion.


History | Religion | Culture | Civics

  1. You may want to start the activity by asking if any students have heard of Tim LaHaye. Explain that LaHaye, a fundamentalist minister, is author of the "Left Behind" series of novels about a coming apocalypse, which reportedly have sold more than 60 million copies.

  2. Prominent churches that offer television broadcasts or webcasts include the Crystal Cathedral in California and Lakewood Church in Texas.

    You may want to point out to students that the issue of whether "special effects" are appropriate in religious services is a very old one. Hundreds of years ago, for example, Puritans in England and its American colonies disapproved of stained-glass windows in churches and music in church services.


History | Religion | Culture | Civics

  1. As an example, you might note for students that the Ku Klux Klan was at the peak of its popularity during the 1920s, with some 4 to 5 million members.

  2. Sources of relevant information for the timeline include this Library of Congress timeline related to women's suffrage and the U.S. Census Bureau's Historical Statistics of the United States, which contains data on women's participation in the labor force.

    In the discussion of McPherson and feminism, you may first want to ask volunteers to define the term "feminism." Also, as part of that discussion you may want to ask students whether they see any conflict between McPherson's career, which demonstrated women's changing role in American society, and her message, which stressed traditional beliefs.

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