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The US Government
This is an unusual video, but it contains some helpful tools that could be useful for teaching elementary aged children the basics of the US government. There is no narration to accompany this clip, but the slide show at the beginning is clear and could be used to accompany your personal lecture.
3 mins 5th - 8th Social Studies & History 7 Views 10 Downloads
Ninth graders consider the right of freedom of speech as it is outlined in the U.S. Constitution. They receive background information for the US Supreme Court, the Bill of Rights, and free speech. They discuss a series of actual cases where free speech was taken to the Supreme Court.
9th Social Studies & History 3 Views 3 Downloads
New Review How was the Constitution Used to Organize the New Government?
How did the United States Congress determine how the new president and vice president would be named when the nation was first established? Who would provide money for the government, and how would the executive branch be organized?
9th - 10th Social Studies & History 9 Views 8 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Dollars and Votes: 2012 Election
What comes to mind when learners think about campaign financing? They watch a video (linked) about the fundraising climate during the 2012 presidential election and discuss Super PACs and Supreme Court legislation as a group. Scholars focus on rhetorical device by listening to famous speeches and completing a graphic organizer on persuasive techniques.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History 28 Views 163 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Courts in the Classroom: Ritter v Stanton
Students read the case briefs of Ritter v Stanton. They simulate the trial with classmates taking various parts such as appellant, appellee, bailiff, and justices. After conducting a mock argument, they write their own opinion for the case.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 5 Downloads
Oral Arguments Online
Students conduct a mock oral argument based on the briefs provided and further research as assigned by the instructor. They write an opinion for the case outlining why one legal argument prevailed over the other based on their own reading, research, and viewing of the oral argument.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 8 Downloads
Charting the Three Branches of Government
Students review CongressLink on the internet and study the branches of government. They work in groups to create charts showing the structure and functions of the three branches of government as outlined in the first three articles to the Constitution.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 8 Views 33 Downloads
Students explore some of the top Supreme Court cases of the 1998-1999 term, assessing the issues behind these cases and the potential impact of the decisions made by the Court. Small groups closely examine one of this term's Supreme Court cases.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 6 Views 31 Downloads
The Three Branches of Government (Legislative, Executive, Judicial)
Fifth graders compare the three branches of government to a three-legged chair. In this government lesson, 5th graders discuss the Founding Fathers, the Constitution, and checks and balances. Students study what each branch of government does and the names for each.
5th Social Studies & History 70 Views 465 Downloads
Civil Liberties and War Powers: Korematsu v. United States
Eleventh graders compare and contrast Supreme Court decisions dealing with the application of civil rights during times of war, with emphasis on discrimination and detention. Working in groups, 11th graders review cases and analyze how they reflect the intent and spirit of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments.
11th Social Studies & History 3 Views 23 Downloads