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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.


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: National Archives and Records Administration      Add Bookmark
Description: NARA makes available to the public the historically valuable records of the three branches of federal government: executive (including the President), legislative, and judicial. National Archives holdings include textual; audiovisual; cartographic and architectural; and electronic records.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Nation at the Crossroads: The Great New York Debate over the Constitution, 1787-88      Add Bookmark
Description: This website, produced by the New York Historical Society, focuses on the debate in New York regarding the ratification of the Constitution. This online exhibition takes the form of a timeline features primary source documents, newspapers, broadsides, portraits and objects, allowing students to follow the course of the debates in chronological order. Video clips with printable transcripts and a searchable image gallery add more depth to the content. This website was a recent Museums and the Web Best of the Web Award nominee.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Papers of George Washington      Add Bookmark
Description: Digital library from the George Washington Archives, including historical materials on Washington's life and times, as well as a selection of Washington's papers.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Defining the Presidency      Add Bookmark
Description: Students will learn about the Continental Congress, the Constitutional Convention, and the election of our first president, George Washington in this section of the online exhibition, The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden . Students will also explore President Washington's role in establishing the roles, traditions and expectations for future presidents.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: From '' Picturing America'' : Norman Rockwell, Freedom of Speech-Know It When You See It      Add Bookmark
Description: This student interactive, from an EDSITEment lesson plan, allows students to explore Norman Rockwell s painting, '' Freedom of Speech'' . The lesson plan teaches students about freedom of speech and what it means in their community, state, nation, and world.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: This Constitution: A Bicentennial Chronicle      Add Bookmark
Description: Devoted to research and scholarly exchanges on the Constitution. Through the sites activities and those of others, students will come to a greater awareness and comprehension of the American Constitution.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Founders Constitution      Add Bookmark
Description: This unique anthology funded by the National Endowment for the Humanties 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 rich and varied 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
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Stand Up For Your Rights - U.S. History for Kids      Add Bookmark
Description: This PBSkids website, part of the WayBack series from the American Experience, focuses on an interactive approach to teach about civil rights. Students can complete a mock interview, evaluate and comment on an image related to school desegregation, take an online quiz, and play a matching game. The website also features brief essays regarding the school desegregation, women and the vote, and religious freedom.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Federalist and Anti-federalist Debates on Diversity and the Extended Republic      Add Bookmark
Description: In this unit, students examine some of the most important arguments of those opposing or supporting the Constitution.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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