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The Bill of Rights - A Virtual Museum

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Description: On April 30, 1789, George Washington was sworn in as the first president of the United States. The new United States Constitution had already been ratified, yet the future of the new country was still at risk. Many of the founding fathers were demanding a "bill of rights" which would protect the people from the government. This list of rights was to be added to the Constitution to guarantee individual liberties, to make sure that the new government would not treat citizens like the old colonial government of Great Britain did. But not everyone agreed that this bill of rights was necessary. Learn about the rights that are protected by this famous document in the Web Museum designed for Language Learners. Apply the protected rights to a list of example events to discuss with your class. Then open your local newspaper to find other examples of challenges to rights in America. Standards 5.7.2, 5.7.3, 8.2.6, 10.2.2, 11.1.2, 12.1.6, and 12.5.1 civics

Author: Robert Houghton, Indio Middle School

Lesson ID: 1021

The House of Dies Drear

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Description: These activities go along with Virginia Hamilton's House of Dies Drear, a gripping story about the Underground Railroad. There are activities to promote writing, vocabulary development, poetry, and much more. Standards 5.7.3, 5.7.4, 8.3.1, 8.9.1 and 8.9.2

Author: Michele Osinski

Lesson ID: 1042

Underground Railroad: A Webquest

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Description: Explore the Underground Railroad, the people who served as conductors and the system used to help enslaved people to freedom. Report your findings to the class by playing the role of artist, Freedom Seekers, Teacher or Writer. Standards 5.7.5 and 8.9.1

Author: Susan G. Barhan & Eleanor J. Williams

Lesson ID: 1087

Articles of Confederation

Description: Analyze the Articles of Confederation and examine its components. Draw conclusions about the document's effectiveness for governing the new nation. Use a worksheet to gather your notes and will write an essay integrating your information. The Articles link within the site is broken so go to . Standard 5.7.1 and 8.2.2

Author: Engage Students in American History

Lesson ID: 1417

Balancing Three Branches at Once: Our System of Checks and Balances

Description: One of the most persistent and overarching complaints about the early government of the U.S. under the Articles of Confederation was the weakness of the federal government. Attempting to form a more perfect union, the framers of the Constitution designed a government that clearly assigned power to three branches, while at the same time guaranteeing that the power of any branch could be checked by another. Using School House Rocks songs and primary source documents, your students can see clear demonstrations of how one branch of our government can check another. Standard 5.7.4

Author: EDSitement

Lesson ID: 118

Citizenship and Voting in America

Description: This Colonial Williamsburg lesson leads students to examine the development of the concept of "citizen" in American history from the 18th century to the present. Students look at the evolution of voting rights from 1699 to 1993 and how the constitution has changed to include these new voters. Standards 3.4.2, 5.7.3 and 5.7.4

Author: Dee Albrinck and Ted Green

Lesson ID: 1342

Class Constitution

Description: Learn the purpose of the U.S. Constitution and then analyze the language and meaning of the Preamble. Work in cooperative groups to write a class constitution incorporating the appropriate elements of the U.S. Constitution. Standards 3.4.1, 4.5.1, 5.7.3 and 8.2.6


Lesson ID: 229

Donkeys and Elephants and Voters, Oh My!

Description: It is a difficult skill for students to understand how power in government derives from the people and how citizens influence government, especially at the national level. This involves concepts of political action, political parties and their role in the democratic process is hard to teach in a conventional way. These hands-on activities are designed to help students journey through politics from its "grass roots" to a national convention through the creation of a new political party and the development of the convention's national platform. Standard 5.7.3

Author: Democracy Project, PBS By the People

Lesson ID: 1545

Due Process Freedom: Does the Constitution Protect Your Right to Fair Play?

Description: One of the great fears of the founders and framers was the tendency of powerful governments to act unfairly and unreasonably. The due process clause in the Fifth Amendment was intended by the framers to prevent such abuse of power on the part of the federal government. The due process clause in the Fourteenth Amendment protects against state of local government abuse of power. This clause has been interpreted by the courts to extend most of the rights in the Bill of Rights, that originally applied only to the federal government, to protect people against unfair actions by state and local governments. Students first read about what due process means. Then they are involved in a problem-solving activity that raises questions about who should have the right to a lawyer in a criminal case. The lesson ends with a discussion of the importance of the right to due process in criminal proceedings, as well as a discussion of other situations in which the right to due process applies. Standards 4.5.1 and 5.7.3

Author: Center for Civic Education

Lesson ID: 1320

Extra! Extra! The American Constitution is Finished

Description: It's September 17, 1787, the final draft of the United States Constitution has just been sent to Congress and will now be sent to the states to be ratified. Your job as an employee of your home state newspaper (pick one of the states existing in 1787*) is to provide news to the public about the important event that has just taken place. You must communicate this information to your readers! It's a big job! Standards 5.7.2 and 5.7.3

Author: Kerrlita Westrick, Palm Valley School

Lesson ID: 391

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