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9/11 and Civil Liberties
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This lesson explores the challenges the United States faced as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and examines the governmentâ"s response through the lens of protection and civil liberties. Students will consider the balance between security and liberty in the United States.

Subject:
Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Center for Civic Education
Date Added:
09/12/2022
American Founders and Constitution Month Constitutional Fitness
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This is an optional program for use by Utah LEAs, schools, and teachers to observe Founders Month and Consitution Day. It aligns with and supports mastery of many Utah Core Social Studies Standards in grade K-5. Standards alignment is provided, along with resources for possible use.

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History
Social Studies
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Unit of Study
Author:
JoAnna
Date Added:
08/18/2023
Bill of Rights
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Students will investigate one of the amendments to the Constitution to find out how it was important for the time, how it protects citizens and how it applies to our current needs.Enduring Understanding:The U.S. Constitution reflects our national beliefs about people, rights, and government.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
Utah Lesson Plans
Date Added:
01/14/2022
The Constitution for Kids: The Constitution for Kids: 4th through 7th Grade
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This webpage explains the basics of the U.S. Constitution at an upper elementary and middle school level. It includes the following sections: Basics, History, Amendments, Slavery, Women, Bill of Rights, How it all Works. The page does have advertisements as well, so it is best used as a teacher resource.

Subject:
History
Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Reading
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The U.S. Constitution On-Line
Provider Set:
The Constitution for Kids
Date Added:
01/03/2023
Declaration of Independence
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Since 2005, the "Past and Present" podcast from Colonial Williamsburg has taken you behind the scenes to meet interpreters, chefs, tradesmen, musicians, historians, curators, and more. We offer two versions of our podcast: one that's audio-only and one that includes a slideshow. In this episode: Hear the Declaration of Independence read in its entirety by renowned Thomas Jefferson interpreter Bill Barker.

Subject:
Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Simulation
Provider:
Colonial Williamsburg
Date Added:
09/13/2022
Discover the U.S. Capitol  -  Student Activity Guide
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With engaging activities related to locations in the Capitol as well as American history in general, Discover the U.S. Capitol is intended for upper-level elementary-school-aged students who can use it before or after they visit the Capitol.

Subject:
History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Date Added:
08/11/2022
Guidance on Government: State Edition(Lesson Plan)
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A Short Activity for Fourth Grade
Question: How does the Florida Constitution organize the government?
Note: The "Guidance on Government: State Edition" Powerpoint, also available in eMedia, was created to accompany this lesson plan.

Subject:
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Primary Source
Provider:
University of Central Florida
Date Added:
11/09/2023
Guidance on Government: State Edition (PowerPoint)
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A Short Activity for Fourth Grade
Question: How does the Florida Constitution organize the government?
Note: The "Guidance on Government: State Edition" lesson plan, also available in eMedia, was created to accompany this PowerPoint.

Subject:
Social Science
Material Type:
Primary Source
Provider:
University of Central Florida
Date Added:
11/09/2023
Mr. Madison Needs Some Help
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In this lesson, students meet James Madison as he is working on the Bill of Rights and assist him in deciding the most important rights to include. Access to this resource requires a free educator login.

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History
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Teach Democracy
Date Added:
05/10/2024
Our Constitution: The Bill of Rights (Grades 4–6)
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This lesson on the Bill of Rights is part of Gilder Lehrman’s series of Common Core–based units. These units were written to enable students to understand, summarize, and analyze original texts of historical significance. Students will demonstrate this knowledge by writing summaries of selections from the original document and, by the end of the unit, demonstrating their understanding through visual and oral presentations. Through this step-by-step process, students will acquire the skills to analyze any primary or secondary source material.

Subject:
History
Social Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Date Added:
05/10/2024
Passing the Constitution: A Lesson in State Ratification
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The purpose of this lesson is to introduce students to the ratification period that followed the Federal Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Through various activities to understand the what, why, who, where, and when of state ratification debates, students will see that state ratification of the Constitution was a critical element of establishing the new government’s legitimacy. Student activities throughout the day will help to build a State Ratification Bulletin Board that highlights the students’ views and acquired knowledge.

Subject:
History
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ConSource
Date Added:
05/10/2024
The Preamble to the US Constitution, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the Declaration of Independence
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This unit is part of Gilder Lehrman’s series of Common Core State Standards–based teaching resources. These units were developed to enable students to understand, summarize, and analyze original texts of historical significance. Through a step-by-step process, students will acquire the skills to analyze any primary or secondary source material.

Subject:
History
Social Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Date Added:
05/10/2024
The Sound of Battle: CW’s Fifes and Drums
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Since 2005, the "Past and Present" podcast from Colonial Williamsburg has taken you behind the scenes to meet interpreters, chefs, tradesmen, musicians, historians, curators, and more. We offer two versions of our podcast: one that's audio-only and one that includes a slideshow. In this episode: The piercing fife, the thundering drum: both can be heard over the din of battle, making them a crucial means of communication for commands like parley, cease fire, and retreat. How does this combination work?

Subject:
Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Colonial Williamsburg
Date Added:
09/13/2022
Stepping Stones to the White House: Visual Artifacts from the Life and Presidency of Barack Obama
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In this lesson, students examine key events from the life of former President Barack Obama in order to understand the "stepping stones" that led him to become the first Black president of the United States. Access to this resource requires a free educator login.

Subject:
History
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Teach Democracy
Date Added:
05/10/2024
The Supreme Court
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The purpose of this lesson is to help students understand the original purpose and powers of the Supreme Court according to the Constitution. Students will learn the Supreme Court’s role in preserving the U.S. Constitution and the balance of power it creates. In this lesson, students will learn about the powers of the Supreme Court according to the Constitution through a guided hidden message activity and vocabulary lesson. An extension activity links this understanding of the Court to the development of judicial review in Marbury v. Madison.

Subject:
History
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ConSource
Date Added:
05/10/2024
The Tired King: The Three Branches of Government
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In this lesson, students are introduced to the three functions of government (legislative, judicial, and executive) through a story about an overworked king who must handle all the tasks of government. Next, students are given descriptions of the three functions of government and asked to match tasks to departments (lawmakers, executives, and judges). Finally, students create job descriptions for lawmakers, executives, and judges. Access to this resource requires a free educator login.

Subject:
History
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Teach Democracy
Date Added:
05/10/2024
Two versions of the Preamble to the Constitution, 1787
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On May 25, 1787, the fifty-five delegates to the Constitutional Convention began meeting in a room, no bigger than a large schoolroom, in Philadelphia’s State House. They posted sentries at the doors and windows to keep their "secrets from flying out." They barred the press and public, and took a vow not to reveal to anyone the words spoken there. There were speeches of two, three, and four hours. The convention, which lasted four months, took only a single eleven-day break. Explore these primary sources to learn more.

Subject:
History
Social Science
Material Type:
Primary Source
Provider:
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Date Added:
05/10/2024