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Subject: Social Studies (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Let's Vote! What Do You Need to Know to Vote In Alabama?
Description: Registering to vote, gathering information about the candidates, and casting a vote at the polls are vital parts of the process of selecting elected officials. Students will understand how the registration process works and how to cast their votes in Alabama, thus fulfilling their responsibilities as citizens in the electorate.


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Subject: Social Studies (7)
Title: Democrat or Republican
Description: During this lesson, students will begin to understand the differences between the two major political parties that exist in the United States of America. Students will have the opportunity to discuss the roles of each presidential candidate and his/her political views.


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Subject: Language Arts - Reading - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Points of View in the News     
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, helps students sort through the myriad points of view offered on the Internet and evaluate the sources and purposes of news articles and Web sites. Students read articles from National Geographic News and answer questions describing each article's source, purpose, and viewpoint. Students then research the topics presented in an article of their choice and evaluate the resources they find. They conclude by creating checklists they can use in the future to evaluate articles, Web sites, and other information.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Before and Beyond the Constitution: What Should a President Do?     
Description: This unit of three lessons, from EDSITEment, focuses on the role of the President under the U.S. Constitution. Students look at the role of President as defined in the Constitution and consider the precedent-setting accomplishments of George Washington. The three lessons can be taught as stand alone lessons or as part of the complete unit.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Voting in Congress: More than '' Yea'' or '' Nay''      
Description: Students learn what factors members of Congress consider when deciding whether to vote for a bill. These including the powers given to Congress by the Constitution, members' personal opinions, political party support, and what voters think. During the first day of the lesson, students find out about each of these factors. During the second day, students get to try their hand at weighing the factors by considering hypothetical bills.
Thinkfinity Partner: Verizon Thinkfinity
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Four Freedoms for the Fourth     
Description: This page from EDSITEment features resources relating to freedom, and presents information and activities about Franklin Delano Roosevelt's concept of The Four Freedoms. Learn more about political speeches, freedom, and the U.S. government by visiting the EDSITEment lesson plans and EDSITEment-reviewed Web sites referenced on this page.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Constitution of the United States of America     
Description: This page from EDSITEment features resources relating to the U.S. Constitution, and presents information about the history and significance of the famous document. Learn more about the history of the Constitution by visiting the EDSITEment lesson plans and EDSITEment-reviewed Web sites referenced on this page.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Governmental Systems? What are my options?
Digital Tool: Voki
Digital Tool Description: Use this link to create an avatar that represents the leader of a governmental system.


Thinkfinity Informational Materials


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Alexis De Tocqueville Tour: Exploring Democracy in America     
Description: This site, hosted by C-SPAN, is based on a tour of De Tocqueville's route through America.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Mission US     
Description: ' Mission US'' is a multimedia project featuring free interactive adventure games set in different eras of U.S. history.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The President's Job     
Description: Students will review the roles of the presidency by using objects, images, and documents in this section of the online exhibition The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden . Students will explore the complex duties of the president and how they have helped to determine their actions and policies.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: National Constitution Center     
Description: The National Constitution Center is an independent, non-partisan, and non-profit organization dedicated to increasing public understanding of, and appreciation for, the Constitution, its history, and its contemporary relevance.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: U.S. Electoral College     
Description: From this web page, found on the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration Web site, users can access a wealth of information and statistics relating to presidential elections and the Electoral College. This includes answers to frequently-asked questions and links to relevant Web sites.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Founders' Constitution     
Description: Online version of the invaluable aid to all those seeking a deeper understanding of one of our nation's most important legal documents. This unique anthology draws on the writings of a wide array of people engaged in the problem of making popular government safe, steady, and accountable. The documents included range from the early seventeenth century to the 1830s, from the reflections of philosophers to popular pamphlets, from public debates in ratifying conventions to the private correspondence of the leading political actors of the day. These materials are arranged, first, according to broad themes or problems to which the Constitution of 1787 has made a significant and lasting contribution. Then they are arranged by article, section, and clause of the U.S. Constitution, from the Preamble through Article Seven and continuing through the first twelve Amendments. Those seeking additional information and guidance should consult '' A Reader's Advisory'' and the '' Introduction.'
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Communicating the Presidency     
Description: Students will learn how mass media, the entertainment industry and consumer products are all used to conduct a national dialogue between the president and his constituents in this section of The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden , an online exhibition.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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