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Lesson Plans (18) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Informational Materials (1) Textual information containing useful facts or information. Learning Activities (1) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
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Subject: Social Studies (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Who Will You Back? (The First American Political Parties)
Description: Students will produce an illustrated documentary on one of the first two American political parties.


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Subject: Social Studies (10 - 12), or Technology Education (K - 5)
Title: Constitution Lives
Description: As part of the study of the Constitution, students will do research on and create a Constitutional scrapbook and multimedia presentation on the Bill of Rights. Students will use various media print resources as well as the Internet to acquire news articles which demonstrate any aspect of the Constitution. Students will then summarize the articles making sure to include their opinion to demonstrate working knowledge of the Constitution and its protections.


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Subject: Social Studies (10 - 12)
Title: Interpreting Documents on the AHSGE
Description: Students will explore the documents that were used in shaping the United States, before, during, and after its creation. While studying these documents, students will use reading skills to interpret and analyze documents. By the end of the unit, students should be able to describe, explain the historical significance of, and explain the impact of documents. Through modeling, the teacher will identify the three types of historical documents (those used in the creation of American documents, American documents created during the founding of the nation, and those created after the birth of America). In addition, students will be guided through reading and interpreting a document, as well as determining its historical significance. Students should also be able to identify a few key documents by examining a small excerpt. By creating a document brochure from library and internet research, students will be able to summarize the main ideas of the documents.


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Subject: English Language Arts (10 - 12), or Social Studies (10 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Constitution or Articles? the Question or the Millennium
Description: In this lesson,students will observe the political climate at the time of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, and read the writings of the delegates who refused to sign the proposed Constitution,as well as, those who supported it. Taking on the role of Mason, Gerry, Randolph and others, students will work together to create a modern-day document - a press release, advertisement, bill ,or declaration on PowerPoint that summarizes their objections or support of the proposed constitution. Students will be asked to quickly communicate thier position to the majority of state legislatures and to the citizenry.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: From the President's Lips: The Concerns that Led to the Sedition (and Alien) Act     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students examine the international situation during John Adams presidency. They focus on the concerns that led to the Sedition Act.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Debate in Congress on the Sedition Act     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students examine the provisions in the U.S. Constitution that are relevant to the debate over the Sedition Act. They explore the arguments offered in Congress for and against the Sedition Act.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: George Washington on the Sedition Act     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students examine the arguments used by George Washington in support of the Sedition Act. They focus on the role of partisan politics in the creation of and/or controversy over the Sedition Act.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The First American Party System: Events, Issues, and Positions     
Description: In this three-lesson unit from EDSITEment, students read the philosophical and policy statements of Hamilton, Jefferson, Madison, and others to better understand the nature and positions of the first political parties in the United States.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: President Madison's 1812 War Message     
Description: This curriculum unit, from EDSITEment, consists of three lessons. In the first lesson, students read a message from President Madison announcing to Congress the United States entry into war with Great Britain. Students are provided the opportunity to raise questions about the contents of what came to be called the War Message. In the second part, the teacher--in a series of optional mini-lessons--shares pertinent examples of primary source documents (and some secondary accounts) that illuminate key points in the letter. Opportunities for independent research are also provided. In the final lesson, students return to the War Message, review its contents, and consider what documents might be useful in making further analyses of the text.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The First American Party System: U.S. Political Parties -- The Principle of Legitimate Opposition     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students explore critical factors leading to the development of the Federalist and Democratic-Republican parties. They reflect on the essential elements of an organized political party.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: James Madison: From Father of the Constitution to President     
Description: In this four-lesson unit, from EDSITEment, students list reasons why Madison is called the Father of the Constitution, summarize significant issues during Madison's presidency that raised constitutional questions, and explain the constitutional questions raised by these events.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: James Madison: Madison Was There     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students list reasons why James Madison is called the Father of the Constitution. They also come to appreciate Madison's position as a president embroiled in disputes over the meaning of the document he had inspired.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: James Madison: The Second National Bank -- Powers Not Specified in the Constitution     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students explore what events during James Madison's presidency raised constitutional questions. They reflect on Madison's stand on the constitutional issues involved.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: James Madison: Raising an Army-- Balancing the Power of the States and the Federal Government     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students explore the question of individual states abilities to oppose the will of the federal government with regard to certain issues. They summarize at least one event during James Madison's presidency that raised constitutional questions and discuss Madison's opinions the questions.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: James Madison: Internal Improvements Balancing Act -- Federal/State, Executive/Legislative     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students explore constitutional questions faced by James Madison. They summarize at least one event during Madison's presidency that raised constitutional questions and reflect on Madison's opinions on the questions raised.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: President Madison's 1812 War Message: A Brief Overview     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students read a message from President Madison announcing to Congress the United States entry into war with Great Britain. Students are provided the opportunity to raise questions about the contents of the message, and encouraged to hypothesize about documents that would be helpful in clarifying questions about the issue.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: President Madison's 1812 War Message: A Documentary Review     
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, consists of a series of activities designed to share pertinent examples of primary documents (and some secondary accounts) that illuminate key points in President Madison's War Message. The lesson identifies 10 statements in the message about which students are likely to have questions, and it provides relevant materials for analysis.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: President Madison's 1812 War Message: Answers Lead to More Questions     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students review passages they find troubling in President Madison's War Message. They read the War Message again, and, as they come to each of the identified sections, the class works together to determine whether the issues have been clarified.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Federalists and Anti-Federalists
Digital Tool: Concept Map
Digital Tool Description: Students can use their computers to make a "Concept Map."  They will create a concept map of "Federalists v. Anti-federalists."  The map should have at least three subtopics for each of the two groups.


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Title: Podcast: Federalists v. Anti-federalists
Digital Tool: Podcast
Digital Tool Description: This digital tool is a podcast that explains the differences between the Federalists and the Anti-federalists.


Web Resources


Learning Activities


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U.S. Constitution- War & Peace
http://www.mrsoshous...
On-line interactive hunt exploring the constitution and America

Thinkfinity Informational Materials


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Limits of Presidential Power     
Description: Students will explore the importance of the system of checks and balances, Congress, the Supreme Court, impeachment, public opinion and the press in restricting the power of the president in this section of the online exhibition The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden .
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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