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Subject: Social Studies (7 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: So You Think You Are a Citizen?
Description: Students will learn about the status of citizenship in the United States.  Using a graphic organizer and interactive game, students will decide what it means to be a citizen and how can citizenship be obtained.


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).


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.


Subject: Social Studies (12)
Title: Presidential Election Partners - Deciding on a Candidate Through an Online Discussion with the Community
Description: As a presidential election approaches, have students recruit an adult "election partner" to discuss and debate candidate selection and important issues related to the campaign.  Becoming an active participant in the civic process takes practice.  Students will have the opportunity to practice for future participation in presidential elections with the help of an election partner. 


Subject: Social Studies (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Why Vote?
Description: Students will complete a web quest that includes reading material on the expansion of voting rights, viewing video on historical events related to suffrage, and completing a multimedia project (public service announcement). An extension poster project is included.


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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: Preparing for the Oath: Responsibilities      Add Bookmark
Description: Explore the civic responsibilities of Americans through short videos, mini-activities, and practice questions in this segment of Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship. The four questions included in this segment cover taxes, selective service, jury duty, and the Naturalization Oath.This site was designed with the needs of recent immigrants in mind. It is written at a low-intermediate ESL level.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Preparing for the Oath: Rights      Add Bookmark
Description: Learn more about the rights of Americans through short videos, mini-activities, and practice questions in this segment of Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship. The nine questions included in this segment cover topics such as freedoms in the Constitution, the Civil Rights Movement, and rights to participate in government.This site was designed with the needs of recent immigrants in mind. It is written at a low-intermediate ESL level.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Religion,Science,Social Studies,Geography
Title: Encyclopedia of Alabama      Add Bookmark
Description: A free, authoritative source information about the history, politics, geography, and culture of the state of Alabama; updated regularly to ensure that the content is accurate and accessible. The editors are continually adding new entries, photographs, and maps, so check back frequently to see what's new.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: From ''Picturing America'': Norman Rockwell, Freedom of Speech-Know It When You See It      Add Bookmark
Description: In this EDSITEment lesson, students study Norman Rockwell's Freedom of Speech and learn about freedom of speech and what it means in their community, state, nation, and world. After exploring the idea of freedom of speech students report on a town meeting and create a collage featuring examples of free speech.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: History of Voting in the United States: Create a Virtual Exhibit      Add Bookmark
Description: This teacher guide "The Object of History'' , a cooperative project between the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History and George Mason University's Center for History and New Media, challenges students to think about the 1898 Standard Voting Machine and the democratization of the voting process in the United States. It includes a preliminary activity intended to introduce students to doing history with objects and 3 lesson plans focused on the history of voting in the United States. Also included are annotated links to other online resources that are related to voting and the extension of voting rights to women and African-Americans.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Vote: The Machinery of Democracy Homepage      Add Bookmark
Description: ' Vote: The Machinery of Democracy'' , explores the history of voting methods in the United States. In this online exhibition from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students will study how ballots and voting systems have evolved over the years as a response to political, social, and technological change, transforming the ways in which Americans vote. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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