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The Constitutional Convention: Four Founding Fathers You May Never Have Met
Students read biographies of their assigned Founding Father. They present an oral argument that their assignee deserves to be better known by making connections between regional politics and postions defined by character.
We Are the Government
Learners read primary documents to find the motivations of the founding fathers of the United States. In this primary documents lesson plan, students discuss the meaning of the Preamble to the Constitution, read parts of the Constitution online, summarize the purpose of the Constitution, write about the responsibilities of citizens in a democracy, read parts of the Declaration of Independence online, and define several related terms.
Our Country, Our Constitution
Eighth graders acquaint themselves with the guaranteed rights of the Bill of Rights and the application of these rights in their daily lives. They write a Bill of Rights for a new democratic country and search the Internet for related articles.
Students explore the life of Benjamin Franklin. Students research Franklin's contributions to America and his technological progress. Students design a coin honoring Ben Franklin. Educational web games are included activities.
Government by the People
Young scholars explore the concept of philanthropy. For this service learning lesson, students examine primary documents regarding the founding of the United States. Young scholars analyze section of the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.
Shh! We're Writing the Constitution
Fifth graders research, examine and study about the three branches of the government and the contents of the Constitution including both the Articles and the Amendments. They create their own classroom constitution at the end of the unit.
Ten Rights Can't Be Wrong!
Fifth graders study the Bill of Rights. They prepare a PowerPoint presentation to illustrate each of the first 10 amendments and create a Bill of Rights for the classroom.
Our Country, Our Constitution
Eighth graders create a bill of rights for an imaginary country after a study of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution as it affects everyday life in America.
From cotton to Baseball: How Greenville Grew
Eighth graders explore the impact of textile production and baseball of the mills and communityof Greenville SC
Fourth graders research and present information about Benjamin Franklin's life and accomplishments. In this instructional activity on Benjamin Franklin, 4th graders review idioms and sayings written by Franklin then compare and contrast his various inventions and ideas.
What Experiences Shaped the Founders' Thinking about Government?
Students study the ideas and experiences that shaped the founding fathers' perspective about government. For this the government lesson plan, students examine the Articles of Confederation as they relate to the power of government. Students then study the experiences that led to the American Revolution.
Students discover the links between population and Congressional representation. In this government instructional activity, students research population statistics and create spreadsheets that compare population to the number of Congress members per state.
What is Democracy?
Middle schoolers explore the facets of democracy. In this civic responsibility lesson, students create a definition of democracy and discuss the difference between a spectator and a participatory citizen. Middle schoolers discuss whose responsibility it is to improve government and protect the rights of the people. Students work in groups to learn about civil society, civic responsibility, patriotism, advocacy and right to petition the government. They then present these ideas to the class.
Creating a Book of Images about Colonial Life
Students investigate the early United States by analyzing images from Colonial Times. In this U.S. History lesson, students read the book Q is for Duck, and create a historic picture book based on the concept of utilizing one letter for each page. Students research and examine images of Colonial Life they wish to use in their book.
How is Our Government Organized?
Students explore rights of their clients. In this constitutional law lesson, students play an online game that requires them to review individual cases in order to determine the rights their clients have.
We the People: U.S. Constitution
Eighth graders review the U.S. Constitution, its founding fathers its purpose for being written and its format. They write a bill they would like made into a law.
Students describe how location, weather, and physical environment affect the way people live, including the effects on their food, clothing, shelter, transportation, and recreation. They also describe the lives of American heroes who took risks to secure our freedoms.
The Meaning of America: Equality
What if society sought equality by handicapping the gifted and dispelling any traces of diversity? Kurt Vonnegut Jr. offers one possible answer to this question through his incredibly engaging and thought-provoking satirical story, "Harrison Bergeron". In addition to offering writing prompts and discussion questions that are sure to spark interest and debate amongst your readers, you will also have the opportunity to preview video excerpts where editors of the anthology engage in high-level discourse and work to elicit meaning from the classic American text.
The Indian Removal Act: Was it Constitutional?
Pairs conduct an Internet search for a series of primary and secondary sources pertaining to the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation from Georgia. Armed with information gathered, teams then debate whether the Indian Removal Act was justified and if it was constitutional.
Parents of Teens Ride Waves of Expenses
Students explore the concept of the cost of raising a child. In this cost of raising a child lesson, students read an article about the expenses associated with teenagers. Students discuss ways in which parents maneuver finances for their children. Students discuss teen expenses.