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Subject: Social Studies (12)
Title: Civil Rights Supreme Court Cases that shaped Our Government: America's Melting Pot
Description: As part of the study of Civil Liberties, the students will do research on Civil Rights Supreme Court Cases and amendments that changed America.  In groups, students will use various websites, books and newspaper articles to acquire information about Supreme Court cases  that have shaped American government over the years.  Groups will then present a video of a reenactment of  important events associated to  their cases to be presented to the class.  This lesson is intended to be completed over a five-day period (depending on class sizes and presentation days).


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Subject: Social Studies (12)
Title: Circling The Bill of Rights
Description: This is a hands-on, inquiry project to create a 3-D graphic organizer for the research and study of the Bill of Rights. It may be a stand-alone activity or may be included as part of a unit of study on the Constitution. Students will also use the Internet to research content.


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Subject: Social Studies (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Happy Constitution Day
Description: Students work in groups to create presentations answering who, what, when, where, why, and how questions concerning the U.S. Constitution. Presentations will be used to create digital Constitution Day Program.


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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 Through modeling, the teacher will identify the three types of historical documents (those used in the creation of American documents, American documents created during the founding of the nation, and those created after the birth of America).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: 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: Language Arts
Title: Freedom of Speech and Automatic Language: Examining the Pledge of Allegiance     
Description: This lesson has students explore freedom of speech by examining the Pledge of Allegiance from a historical and personal perspective and in relationship to fictional situations in novels.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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JFK Announces Civil Rights Act
http://www.ferris.ed...
1964 Civil Rights Act announcement by President John F. Kennedy. This source is just one component of the Jim Crow Museum website.

Informational Materials


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Ben's Guide to U. S. Government
http://bensguide.gpo...
Interactive guide to help K-12 students understand symbols of a democratic government and how our government works.

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1965 Alabama Literacy Test
http://www.ferris.ed...
Jim Crow refers to the racial hierarchy that defined American life through a set of laws and practices which operated primarily, but not exclusively, in southern and border states between 1877 and the mid-1960s. The Jim Crow Museum webiste also includes the literacy test for Louisiana and Mississippi.

Interactives/Games


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Ben's Guide to U. S. Government
http://bensguide.gpo...
Interactive guide to help K-12 students understand symbols of a democratic government and how our government works.

Learning Activities


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Ben's Guide to U. S. Government
http://bensguide.gpo...
Interactive guide to help K-12 students understand symbols of a democratic government and how our government works.

Teacher Tools


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Ben's Guide to U. S. Government
http://bensguide.gpo...
Interactive guide to help K-12 students understand symbols of a democratic government and how our government works.

Thinkfinity Interactive Games


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Xpedition Hall     
Description: Built around the National Geography Standards, Xpedition Hall is a virtual museum that is filled with interactive exhibits designed to provoke reflection on how human beings shape and are shaped by the world in which we live. The Hall contains one exhibit for each of standard, and groups these exhibits into six galleries, which correspond to the standards six underlying '' elements.'' Students use can use an image or map of the Hall to navigate through the exhibits.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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