Did You Know?
James Madison, known as the "Father of the Constitution," is quoted to have said "If men were angels, no government would be necessary."

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Created Equal? - (Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12) Students argue Thomas Jefferson's intentions in stating Students gain an appreciation of Thomas Jefferson's efforts to deal with the complex issues of equality and slavery in the Declaration of Independence.

In Congress Assembled - (Grades 6-12) Students look at the Constitution and link early legislative debates to issues of today.

Constitution: Counter Revolution or National Salvation?, The - (Grade 11) Students identify arguments for and against the ratification of the Constitution.

From Jim Crow to Linda Brown - (Grades 9-12) Students explore the era of legalized segregation. Students simulate the National Afro-American Council that met in Washington, D. C. in 1898.

George Washington - (Grades 8-12) Students engage in three lessons examining George Washington's leadership. Lessons two and three relate to Washington’s role in the development of American government and his tenure as president.

Great Depression and the 1990s, The - (Grades 7-11) Students gain a better understanding of why the government takes care of its people and how welfare programs started. Lessons one and three relate to current issues in government.

All History is Local - (Grades 9-12) Creating an archive of primary source materials constitutes the principal activity of a year-long American Studies class focusing on historiography and the use of primary sources. Students understand and articulate the interplay between national, state, local, and personal history.

Conservation at a Crossroads - (Grades 9-12) Two separate lessons for students to investigate and debate the controversies inherent in conservation programs. Students research federal laws related to conservation.

Reservation Controversies - (Grades 6-8) Students are confronted with two real world problems regarding Native Americans, which have no preconceived right or wrong answers. In Scenario 2, students explore the effects of laws regarding Indian reservations.

Voices for Votes: Suffrage Strategies - (Grades 4-6) Students create original documents encouraging citizens to vote in current elections. Students stage mock elections and design ephemera to influence public opinion.

Constitution Day Lesson For Middle School (click links below to download)
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Constitution Day Lesson for High School (click links below to download)
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The Bill of Rights for Real Life - Unit I: The Founders
Unit I: The Founders in pdf format
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Founders' Gallery (Click Here!)

Founders and the Constitution
James Madison lesson in pdf format
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First Amendment Lesson (pdf) from Media and American Democracy (Click Here!)