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A collection of resources to support instruction on the Constitution as part of a secondary Civics course.
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This collection has lesson plans, multimedia links, teacher's guides, supplementary materials, assessment ideas, and much more. Topics covered include the founding fathers, the federalist papers, limited government, separation of powers, checks and balances, and federalism. Teachers can pick and choose resources based on instructional goals and needs of the student population.
By Becky Orsini and Nick Thomason
This unit was written as an in-depth explanation of the Texas and US Constitutions. It is an attempt to provide enduring understandings of the purpose behind the Texas and US Constitutions and why laws are important to keep a society functioning effectively. Students will be able to understand the relationship between civil liberties, state government powers, and federal government powers. They will see how the various parts of the constitution (Preamble, Articles, and Bill of Rights) work together to create a document that allows the government to work for the people while protecting them at the same time. In the end, the students will assimilate their knowledge of the six basic principles of the Constitution (popular sovereignty, limited government, separation of powers, checks and balances, federalism, and judicial review) into a project that requires them to create a their own constitution as a system of government to be adopted by their school.
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In this unit, students will examine the roles that key American founders played in creating the Constitution, and the challenges they faced in the process. They will learn why many Americans in the 1780s believed that reforms to the Articles of Confederation were necessary, and the steps taken to authorize the 1787 Convention in Philadelphia. They will become familiar with the main issues that divided delegates at the Convention, particularly the questions of representation in Congress and the office of the presidency. Finally, they will see how a spirit of compromise, in the end, was necessary for the Convention to fulfill its task of improving the American political system.
Free iOS app that contains the full text of the Constitution. The product also provides an explanation for each and every clause, as well as commentary on each of the amendments.