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Subject: Social Studies (10 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: John Marshall: True to His Party?
Description: Students will take part in an inquiry-based lesson in which they will analyze the rulings by John Marshall as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.  After evaluation, they will justify through blogging whether John Marshall held up the characteristics of the Federalist Parties intended as a "midnight judge".


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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: 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: 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: Certain Crimes Against the United States: Consequences of the Sedition Act     
Description: This is the final lesson in the five-lesson EDSITEment curriculum unit titled Certain Crimes Against the United States: The Sedition Act. In this lesson, students explore some applications and consequences of the Sedition Act. They consider the problems governments face in balancing security needs and personal freedoms.
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: 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: 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



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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: 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     
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: 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: 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: Thomas Jefferson on the Sedition Act     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students examine arguments put forth by Thomas Jefferson and others in opposition to the Sedition Act. They discuss Jefferson's opinion on how constitutional questions about the Sedition Act could be resolved.
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: 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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