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9/11 and the Constitution
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The anniversaries of the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001,
and the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787, provide us an opportunity to reflect upon who we are as Americans, examine our most fundamental values and principles and affirm our commitment to them, and evaluate progress toward the realization of American ideals and propose actions that might narrow the gap between these ideals and reality. The following lessons are designed to accomplish these goals.

Subject:
Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
Center for Civic Education
Date Added:
09/12/2022
American Government
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American Government is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of the single-semester American government course. This title includes innovative features designed to enhance student learning, including Insider Perspective features and a Get Connected Module that shows students how they can get engaged in the political process. The book provides an important opportunity for students to learn the core concepts of American government and understand how those concepts apply to their lives and the world around them. American Government includes updated information on the 2016 presidential election.

Subject:
Political Science
Social Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Author:
Glen Krutz
Sylvie Waskiewicz
Date Added:
06/29/2018
The Articles of Confederation
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In 1777, the Second Continental Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation. The objectives of this activity are: Students will analyze the provisions of the Articles of Confederation. Students will determine why individuals such as George Washington expressed a growing concern over government’s inadequacies, and why these concerns were expressed by and heightened after events such as Shays’s Rebellion. Students will explain why there was a growing call for creating a strong central government and the rationales for the various arguments.

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Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Bill of Rights Institute
Date Added:
03/22/2024
Colonial Experience with Government and Economics
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When European colonists came to North America, they faced the challenge of establishing societies that reflected their identity and mission for God. Experiments with economic and civil liberty followed in the name of the common good. Colonists and, later, the Founding generation became convinced that legally requiring individuals to commit their labor or their money towards a communal farm or church, with no regard for individual contribution or conscience, violated principles of justice.

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Social Science
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Lesson Plan
Provider:
Bill of Rights Institute
Date Added:
03/22/2024
Common Sense
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Thomas Paine published Common Sense in January 1776 support of the Patriot cause. Using clear, plain language, Paine rallied the colonists to support the break from Britain. He explained, "I am not induced by motives of pride, party, or resentment to espouse the doctrine of separation and independence; I am clearly, positively, and conscientiously persuaded that it is the true interest of this continent to be so."

Subject:
Social Science
Social Studies
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Primary Source
Provider:
Bill of Rights Institute
Date Added:
09/12/2022
Constitution Clips Virtual Scavenger Hunt
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This lesson has students use C-SPAN's Constitution Clips to explore the provisions of the U.S. Constitution. Using their own devices in class or at home, students will be introduced to the Constitution through C-SPAN video clips. This lesson has students complete an online scavenger hunt to learn more about the structure and rights included in the document. This scavenger hunt is best suited for classes with one-to-one devices or a flipped classroom format.

Subject:
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
C-SPAN Classroom
Date Added:
03/22/2024
The Constitutional Convention
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This lesson contains various activites that can be used while teaching about the Constitutional Convention. Some have students compare similiarities/differences between the Convention members. Others deal with comparing the Articles of Confederacy to the Constitution, objections to the Constitution, or Madison's description of 'Federalism.'

Subject:
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Bill of Rights Institute
Date Added:
03/22/2024
The Declaration of Independence
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The Declaration of Independence states the principles on which our government, and our identity as Americans, are based. Unlike the other founding documents, the Declaration of Independence is not legally binding, but it is powerful. Abraham Lincoln called it "a rebuke and a stumbling-block to tyranny and oppression." It continues to inspire people around the world to fight for freedom and equality.

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Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Primary Source
Provider:
National Archives
Date Added:
09/12/2022
Federalist 10
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As a part of the Federalist Papers, James Madison wrote Federalist No. 10 in 1787. In this essay, Madison defended the republican form of government created by the Constitution. He discussed the concepts of majority rule and minority rights and the factions in preventing tyranny. Clips from Journalist George Will and Senators James Lankford and Ted Cruz are included along with guiding questions about specific ideas found in Federalist 10.

Subject:
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
C-SPAN Classroom
Date Added:
09/07/2022
Federalist 51
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This lesson explores the content, meaning, authorship, and application of Federalist 51. It contains various video clips and a graphic organizer to be used in analyzing Federalist 51.

Subject:
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
C-SPAN Classroom
Date Added:
03/22/2024
The Global Impact of the American Revolution DBQ
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This lesson can be used to reinforce and review the key events of the American Revolution. Can also be used as a DBQ for APUSH This activity will also introduce students to the effects the Revolution had on the world stage in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Subject:
Social Science
Material Type:
Assessment
Provider:
Bill of Rights Institute
Date Added:
03/22/2024
Harvard Case Method Project Curriculum
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Using the Case Method Project from Harvard, students read various case material and then are led through a socratic style seminar to discuss a specific issue/historical decision in American history/politics. In order to access their materials you will need to participate in professional development sessions hosted by Harvard. The sessions are free and done online a various times in the school year.

Subject:
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Harvard Business School
Date Added:
03/22/2024
James Madison (1751-1836)
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In this lesson, students will study the life of James Madison. They will learn about why he is called "The Father of the Constitution," his views on the Bill of Rights, his remedy for the problem of factions in a democratic republic, and much more.

Subject:
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Bill of Rights Institute
Date Added:
03/22/2024
The Liberty Bell
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This resource is a Social Studies student activity that utilizes Utah's Online Library resources - specifically, Gale's Kids InfoBits, Gale's Research in Context Grades 6-8, Gale's InfoTrac Student Edition, EBSCO's Explora Elementary and Middle Schools, and World Book Encyclopedia to help students learn about The Liberty Bell. 

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Utah Lesson Plans
Date Added:
05/26/2022
The Path to Independence
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The Path to Independence: Use this lesson after students have read the Stamp Act Resistance Narrative, The Boston Massacre Narrative, and The Boston Tea Party Narrative. This lesson should be followed by the Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence Narrative and the Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776 Primary Source analysis.

Subject:
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Bill of Rights Institute
Date Added:
03/22/2024
Popular Sovereignty and the Consent of the Governed
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Popular Sovereignty and the Consent of the Governed: The Founders believed that the government’s authority needed to come from the people. Under the reign of King George III, the colonists believed that they were deprived of their opportunity to consent to be governed by Parliament through representatives, and, therefore, the British could not force their laws upon the colonies. The Founders made sure to uphold this right in the American Constitution. The people, through their representatives at state ratification conventions, had to ratify the document in order for it to become law.

Subject:
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Bill of Rights Institute
Date Added:
03/22/2024