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Resources from the First Amendment Center

Finding Common Ground
http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/about.aspx?id=6276

Religious Liberty in Public Schools
http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/rel_liberty/publicschools/Index.aspx

School Prayer
http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/rel_liberty/publicschools/
topic.aspx?topic=school_prayer


Student Religious Practices
http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/rel_liberty/publicschools/
topic.aspx?topic=student_religious_practices


Teaching About Religion
http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/rel_liberty/publicschools/
topic.aspx?topic=teaching_about_religion


The Bible and Public Schools
http://www.freedomforum.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=3978

Teachers’ Religious Liberties
http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/rel_liberty/publicschools/
topic.aspx?topic=teachers_liberties


Public Schools and Religious Communities
http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/rel_liberty/publicschools/
topic.aspx?topic=religious_communities


Religious Clubs on School Campuses
http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/rel_liberty/publicschools/
topic.aspx?topic=religious_clubs


Charles Haynes Commentaries on the First Amendment
http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/\collection.aspx?
item=charles_haynes_commentaries



The following sites are not endorsed by the California Three Rs Project but have been recommended by scholars of religous liberties.



Other Resources

The Pluralism Project at Harvard University
http://www.pluralism.org/

Religion and Public Education Resource Center
http://www.csuchico.edu/rs/rperc/

Religion and Ethics Newsweekly
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/index.html

Religion in the Public Schools: Anti-Defamation League
http://www.adl.org/religion_ps_2004/default.asp

Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life
http://pewforum.org/about/

Teaching About Religion
http://www.teachingaboutreligion.org/

Bill of Rights Institute
http://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/

Constitutional Rights Foundation
www.crf-usa.org/

Center for Civic Education
http://www.civiced.org/

The Religious Freedom Page
http://religiousfreedom.lib.virginia.edu

U.S. Department of Justice - First Freedoms Project
http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/religdisc/firstfreedom.html

First Freedom Center
http://www.firstfreedom.org/


National School Boards Association – School Law Issues
http://www.nsba.org/MainMenu/SchoolLaw/Issues.aspx

Curriculum Materials on the Constitution and Bill of Rights

First Freedom Center - High-School Lesson Plans
http://www.firstfreedom.org/education/teachers.html


The Constitution for Kids
http://www.usconstitution.net/constkidsK.html


Education for Freedom: Lesson Plans for Teaching the First Amendment
http://www.freedomforum.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=13588


Exploring Constitutional Law
http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/conlaw/home.html


Why the Bill of Rights - What Impact Does It Have?
http://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/pdf/borday/brrl_u1_l2.pdf


The First Amendment: What's Fair in a Free Country
http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=339
Bill of Rights: A Reading Comprehension Lesson
http://www.instructorweb.com/lesson/billofrights.asp

Picture Books and the Bill of Rights
http://www.constitutioncenter.org/education/ForEducators/LessonPlans/BillofRights/5489.shtml

Bill of Rights Day
http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu/tlresources/units/Byrnes-celebrations/billrigh.html

What Responsibilities Accompany Our Rights?
http://www.civiced.org/index.php?page=Lesson_21_What_Responsibilities_Accompany_Our_Rights_Student_Book

Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom
http://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/teach/freeResources/
Lessons/?action=showDetails&id=128&ref=showCatD&catId=8

An Approach to Teaching Religious Tolerance
http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/lessons/search/?k=Religion

Religious Convictions: Exploring Current Debates Involving the Separation of Church and State
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20020204monday.html

Justice Learning: Civic Education in the Real World
http://www.justicelearning.org/home.asp

Separating of Church and State
http://www.crf-usa.org/bria/bria134.html

Tolerating Diversity: Exploring the Shaping of Tolerance and Intolerance
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20021230monday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons

In Whom Do We Trust? An Examination of the Separation of Church and State
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20000501monday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons

In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash: Examining the Role of Faith-Based Organizations in Government
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20010205monday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons

Religious Convictions: Exploring Current Debates Involving the Separation of Church and State
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20020204monday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons

Literature for Elementary Students

Below is a selection of nonfiction children’s books to teach about the Constitution and Bill of Rights to elementary students. The numbers in brackets are recommended grade levels. The Education for Freedom site [above] recommends using children's biographies of key people who exemplified freedoms in the Bill of Rights. The Picture Books and the Bill of Rights site [above] gives examples of children's books that could be used to teach civics lessons about rights.

Allen, Kathy. U.S. Constitution. Capstone Press, 2008. (K-1)
Coleman, Warren. The Bill of Rights (New True). Children’s Press, 1987. (K-2)
Hamilton, John. The Bill Of Rights (Government in Action!). Checkerboard Books, 2004. (3-6)
Hamilton, John. The Constitution (Government in Action!). Checkerboard Books, 2004. (3-6)
King, David C. Freedom of Assembly (Land of the Free). Millbrook Press, 1997. (3-6)
King, David C. The Right To Speak Out (Land of the Free). Millbrook Press, 1997. (3-6)
Krull, Kathleen. A Kids' Guide to America's Bill of Rights: Curfews, Censorship, and the 100-Pound Giant. HarperCollins, 1999. (4-5)
Peterson, Christine. The U.S. Constitution (First Fact Books), 2006. (K-1)
Pearl, Norman. The Bill of Rights (American Symbols). Picture Window Books, 2002. (K-2)
Pearl, Norman. The U.S. Constitution (American Symbols). Picture Window Books, 2004. (K-2)
Sobel, Syl. The Bill of Rights: Protecting Our Freedom Then and Now. Barron's Educational Series, 2008. (2-5)
Sobel, Syl. The U.S. Constitution and You. Barron's Educational Series, 2001. (2-5)
Teitelbaum, Michael. The U.S. Constitution (Our Government and Citizenship). Child’s World, 2004. (2-3)
Travis, Cathy. Constitution Translated for Kids. Synergy Books, 2006 (5-8)