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This course contains five projects that are organized around the following question: “What is the proper role of government in a democracy?” Each project involves political simulations through which students take on roles that help contextualize the content required by the new College Board course framework.Founders' IntentElectionsSupreme CourtCongressGovernment in ActionOpenly licensed PDF unit plans of all the above units are available at this Sprocket Lucas Education Research Platform (scroll to bottom of web page).Alternately, educators may sign up for free access to the online AP U.S. Government and Politics course that includes additional instructional supports:https://sprocket.lucasedresearch.org/users/sprocket_access

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Social Science
Social Studies
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Full Course
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Lucas Education Research
University of Washington
Knowledge in Action
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01/15/2019
Aaron Burr and Ambition
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Students will explore the vice of ambition in a constitutional republic and civil society in this lesson on civic virtue.  Students will examine the difference between self-serving ambition and noble ambition, and then explore the character and career of Aaron Burr. Burr engaged in various machinations to establish an empire in the West and was put on trial for treason.  Students will analyze a historical narrative, discussion guide, and various activities to explore the effect of self-serving ambition in a constitutional republic and on civil society.

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Social Science
Social Studies
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Lesson Plan
Provider:
Bill of Rights Institute
Date Added:
09/12/2022
Abigail Adams: "Remember the Ladies" Mini DBQ
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Use this lesson with the Mercy Otis Warren Narrative and the Judith Sargent Murray Primary Source "On the Equality of the Sexes" to allow students to discuss gender roles and expectations in the founding period.

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Social Science
Social Studies
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Lesson Plan
Provider:
Bill of Rights Institute
Date Added:
09/12/2022
About the Founding Fathers
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Read information about the "Founding Fathers" of the United States of America, including George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, George Mason, Gouverneur Morris, Roger Sherman, James Wilson, and Edmund Randolph.

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History
Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Reading
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ConstitutionFacts.com
Date Added:
01/03/2023
About the Signers of the Constitution
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On September 17, 1787, the Constitutional Convention came to a close in the Assembly Room of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There were seventy individuals chosen to attend the meetings with the initial purpose of amending the Articles of Confederation.

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History
Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
ConstitutionFacts.com
Date Added:
01/03/2023
Abraham Lincoln and Habeas Corpus
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The "Great Writ" or habeas corpus has been an essential civil liberty guaranteed since Magna Carta. In listing powers denied to Congress, the Constitution notes that "The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety may require it." In 1861, Abraham Lincoln invoked this power of Congress—which was not in session—to suspend habeas corpus in certain areas. The next year, as he believed the civil justice system was inadequate to deal with the rebellion, he expanded the suspension throughout the United States and established military tribunals to try citizens charged with disloyalty. In this lesson, students explore Lincolnâ"s suspension of habeas corpus and constitutional issues surrounding it.

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Social Science
Social Studies
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Lesson Plan
Provider:
Bill of Rights Institute
Date Added:
09/12/2022
Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation
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Presidents Buchanan, Lincoln, and Johnson believed that the Constitution protected the institution of slavery. Lincoln came to the conclusion that, in order to preserve the Constitution and the Union it created, he must apply a new understanding of the principles on which the nation was built. The time had come to bring the nationâ"s policies in line with the of the Declaration of Independence that "…all men are created equal…" In this lesson, students will analyze Abraham Lincolnâ"s views on slavery and the Constitution as evidenced in the Emancipation Proclamation.

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Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Bill of Rights Institute
Date Added:
09/12/2022
Abraham Lincoln and the U.S. Constitution
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This lesson traces Lincoln's political life during a time of constitutional crisis. It examines Lincoln's ideas and decisions regarding slavery and the use of presidential power to preserve the Union.

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Social Science
Social Studies
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Lesson Plan
Provider:
Center for Civic Education
Date Added:
09/12/2022
Abraham Lincoln, the Emancipation Proclamation, and Justice
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In this lesson, students will learn about Abraham Lincolnâ"s Emancipation Proclamation. Students will specifically learn about how Lincolnâ"s actions conform to the idea of justice and how they can apply this idea into actions in their own lives.

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Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Bill of Rights Institute
Date Added:
09/12/2022
Actions That Changed the Law: Ledbetter v. Goodyear
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This lesson is based on the Annenberg Classroom video âA Call to Act: Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.,â which tells the law-changing story behind the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. Students gain insight into law-making process, consider how statutory decisions made by the Supreme Court can prompt better laws, and learn about the rights and responsibilities they will have when they enter the workforce.

The estimated time for this lesson is four days.

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Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Annenberg Foundation
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Annenberg Classroom
Date Added:
08/11/2022
Actions of the First Congress
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Students should have a solid foundation of the regional differences in the former colonies, now states, as well as an understanding of the ratification of the Constitution. This Lesson is best used after students have read The Constitutional Convention and The Ratification Debate on the Constitution Narratives in Chapter 3. The James Madison and the Bill of Rights Narrative in Chapter 4 can be used as background for the Lesson or can be assigned as homework after the Lesson to reinforce main ideas.

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Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Bill of Rights Institute
Date Added:
09/12/2022
Activism through Literature: Harriet Beecher Stowe, Slavery, and Justice
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In this lesson, students will learn about how Harriet Beecher Stowe fought against the injustice of slavery. They will also consider ways in which they can fight injustices in their own lives.

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Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Bill of Rights Institute
Date Added:
09/12/2022
Addressing the School Board
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This is a First Grade lesson plan that incorporates Speaking and Listening into a presentation. Students will explain why they feel online school has worked for them using relevant details while expressing feelings and ideas clearly.

Subject:
Information Technology Education
Media and Communications
Social Studies
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Activity/Lab
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Lesson Plan
Author:
De Ann
Date Added:
04/19/2023
Admiral of the Ocean Sea: Christopher Columbus and Diligence
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In this lesson, students will review Christopher Columbusâ" diligent actions as an adventurer and in completing the voyage across the Atlantic. They will achieve the following objectives.

Subject:
Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Bill of Rights Institute
Date Added:
09/12/2022
African Americans in the Gilded Age
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Constitutional amendments were ratified during and after the Civil War to protect the natural and civil rights of African Americans. Despite these legal protections, the condition of African Americans significantly worsened in the last few decades of the nineteenth century. In the late nineteenth century, the promise of emancipation and Reconstruction went largely unfulfilled and was even reversed in the lives of African Americans. Southern blacks suffered from horrific violence, political disfranchisement, economic discrimination, and legal segregation. Ironically, the new wave of racial discrimination that was introduced was part of an attempt to bring harmony between the races and order to American society.

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Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Bill of Rights Institute
Date Added:
09/12/2022
Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804)
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In this lesson, students will study the life of Alexander Hamilton. Students will learn about his reasoning in supporting a single and powerful executive leader, his role at the Constitutional Convention, and the role he played in shaping the new United States government.

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Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Bill of Rights Institute
Date Added:
09/12/2022
Alike and Different Lesson Plan
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This lesson plan was created to teach kids Social Studies, Standard 1, Objective 1.a.  Students will learn about how they are the same and different from their classmates. They will be able to use photography to document what they've learned.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Lisa
Date Added:
10/22/2021